Fernando Vidal. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, has a B.A. from Harvard University, graduate degrees in psychology and in the history and philosophy of science from the universities of Geneva and Paris, and a habilitation from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He was a Guggenheim Fellow. Since 2000, and until joining the CEHIC (Center for the History of Science, Autonomous University of Barcelona) as ICREA Research Professor in the Fall of 2012, he was Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Fernando’s research belongs in the history of the human sciences broadly conceived, with particular interest in the relationships between science, culture and values. He has published on topics such as early modern and Enlightenment psychology, the early modern history of the imagination, miracles and science, sexuality in the 18th century, the longue-durée history of the body and personal identity, psychoanalysis and psychiatry in the early 20th century, the progressive education movement in the interwar years, and the rise of the contemporary “cerebral subject.”
His most recent books are The Sciences of the Soul: the Early Modern Origins of Psychology (2011) and Neurocultures (ed. with Francisco Ortega, 2011). He contributed to the preparation of two collections of essays by Jean Starobinski (Las razones del cuerpo, 1999; L’Encre de la mélancolie, 2012), for which he also wrote a preface and an afterword respectively. Some other edited volumes include The Moral Authority of Nature (with Lorraine Daston, 2004) and Endangerment, Biodiversity, and Culture (with Nélia Dias, forthcoming 2015).
- History of the sciences of the mind and the body
- History of experience
- Cerebral subject
- Knowledge and values