Fernando Vidal studied psychology and the history of science at Harvard, Geneva, and Paris, and has a Habilitation from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is Research Professor of the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Professor at the Center for the History of Science of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Associate Member of the Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris. From 2000 to 2012, he was Research Scholar at Department II of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has published on a broad range of topics in the history of the human sciences, with a focus on the dynamics of knowledge and values, and how they shape views about the human and the relations between mind and body. He is the author, among others, of The Sciences of the Soul: the Early Modern Origins of Psychology (2011) and Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject (2017, with F. Ortega), and editor of The Moral Authority of Nature (2004, with L. Daston), Neurocultures (2011, with Francisco Ortega), and Endangerment, Biodiversity and Culture (2015, with N. Dias). He is editor of a forthcoming thematic issue of Science in Context on “Science in Film and the Deficit Model.” While at the MPI, Fernando will be working on a book entitled Performing Brains on Screen.
Cold War Rationality
Endangerment, Biodiversity, and Culture
Knowledge and Belief
Performing Brains on Screen
The Cerebral Subject: Brain, Self, and Body in Contemporary Culture
The Imagination and Miracles as Epistemic Things
The Moral Authority of Nature
Vidal, F., & Ortega, F. (2017). Being brains: making the cerebral subject. New York: Fordham University Press.Read More
Vidal, F. (2011). The sciences of the soul: the early modern origins of psychology. Chicago [u.a.]: Chicago University Press.Read More
Vidal, F., & Dias, N. (Read More
Eds.). (2015). Endangerment, biodiversity and culture. New York: Routledge.
Vidal, F. (2015). Historical and ethical perspectives of modern neuroimaging. In J. Clausen, & N. Levy (Read More
Eds.), Handbook of neuroethics (pp. 535-550). Dordrecht: Springer.
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Caujimalpa and Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Mexico
Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro