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L’utilité de ce genre d’institutions est incontestable. Car le monde moderne est sans cesse confronté à des innovations, médicales ou autres, qui s’appliquent à l’homme ou à son environnement proche. Ce lieu est donc nécessaire pour préparer la matière intellectuelle qui sera ensuite transférée aux citoyens afin que ceux- ci puissent se prononcer quant à la légitimité de ces innovations.

 

Professeur Axel Kahn, le célèbre généticien français, lors de l’inauguration de la Fondation Brocher

 

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Fernando Vidal Fernando Vidal

Research Professor - ICREA (Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies)
Spain

Anthropologie, Bioéthique, éthique, Histoire de la médecine, Philosophie, Psychologie

I was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, received a BA from Harvard University, graduate degrees in psychology and the history and philosophy of science from the Universities of Geneva and Paris, and a Habilitation from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. I have been been a Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of the Prix Latsis Universitaire, and an Athena Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation. In 2012, after over a decade as permanent Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), I joined the Center for the History of Science of the Autonomous University of Barcelona as Research Professor of ICREA, the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies. My work concerns the intellectual history of the human sciences from the early modern period to the present, especially the dynamics of knowledge and values and how they shape views about the human and the relations between mind and body. I have, among others, edited The Moral Authority of Nature (with L. Daston, 2004), Neurocultures (with F. Ortega, 2011) and Endangerment, Biodiversity, and Culture (with N. Dias, 2015). I have also published on the Genevan critic Jean Starobinski and written the Afterword to his L’Encre de la mélancolie (2012). My book The Sciences of the Soul: the Early Modern Origins of Psychology (2011) explores the transformation of inquiries about the soul between the late Renaissance and the Enlightenment. My most recent book, Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject (with F. Ortega, 2017), examines the genealogy and contemporary forms of the idea that human beings are essentially their brains. The project “Personhood and the Locked-in Syndrome,” which is the object of my stay at the Fondation Brocher, pursues related topics, but with a closer connection to disability studies, biomedical ethics and medical anthropology. (For further details and publications, see https://icrea.academia.edu/FVidal.)