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Dr Cristina Chimisso

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Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer in European Studies and Philosophy
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Philosophy
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Professional biography

Cristina Chimisso (PhD, Cambridge) joined the Open University in July 2000. Previously she lectured at the University of Aberdeen, was George and May Sarton fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Cambridge, Mass.), research fellow at the Department of History of Science, Harvard University, and Walter Rathenau fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (Berlin).
She was Head of the Philosophy Department from 2009 to 2013; she is currently a member of the OU Senate.
She is the author of the monographs Writing the History of the Mind: Philosophy and Science in France 1900-1960s (Ashgate 2008), written with the support of an AHRC grant, and Gaston Bachelard: Critic of Science and the Imagination (Routledge 2001).
She is a member of the management committee of the British Society for the History of Philosophy, and was BSHP’s secretary from 2002 to 2008; she is on editorial Board of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy; and on the executive committee of the British Philosophical Association.
From 2008 to 2013, she was also part of the research networking programme ‘Philosophy of Science in a European perspective’, funded by the European Science Foundation.

Research interests

Her research interests are in twentieth-century history of philosophy, historiography, philosophy of science and sociology of knowledge.
Research monographs
Writing the History of the Mind: Philosophy and Science in France, 1900-1960s, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008. Further details
Gaston Bachelard: Critic of Science and the Imagination, Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy, London and New York, Routledge, 2001. Further details
Knowledge, Milton Keynes, The Open University, 2011 (Book 4 of the OU module A222 Exploring Philosophy)
(ed.) Exploring European Identities, Milton Keynes, The Open University, 2003 (Book 1 of the OU module AA(ZX)300 Europe: Culture and Identities in a Contested Continent).
Articles and book chapters

"Narrative and Epistemology: Georges Canguilhem’s concept of scientific ideology", Studies in History and Philosophy of Science,vol. 54 2015, pp. 64-73 [DOI:]

"Gaston Bachelard’s places of the imagination and images of space", in Bruce Janz (ed) Hermeneutics Place and Space, Springer, forthcoming.

“Commentary on Anastasios Brenner’s ‘Epistemology historicised’” in New Directions in the Philosophy of Science in by M-C Galavotti, D. Dieks, W. J. Gonzalez, S. Hartmann, T. Uebel, M, Weber (eds.) Dordrecht: Springer, 2014
“The life sciences and French philosophy of science: Georges Canguilhem on norms”, in New Challenges to Philosophy of Science, ed. by D. Dieks, W. Gonzalez, S. Hartmann, T. Uebel, M. Weber, Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.
“A matter of substance? Gaston Bachelard on chemistry’s philosophical lessons”, in European Philosophy of Science – Philosophy of Science in Europe and the Viennese Heritage, ed. by Maria Carla Galavotti, Elisabeth Nemeth, Friedrich Stadler, Dordrecht: Springer, 2013.
“Fleeing Dictatorship: Socialism, Sexuality and the History of Science in the Life of Aldo Mieli”, History Workshop Journal,vol. 72(1), pp. 30-51, 2011, [abstract online] [DOI: doi:10.1093/hwj/dbq049]
“Aspects of Current History of Philosophy of Science in the French Tradition”, in The Present Situation in the Philosophy of Science, ed. F. Stadler, Springer, 2010.
"From phenomenology to phenomenotechnique: The role of early-twentieth-century physics in Gaston Bachelard's philosophy", in New Paths of Physical Knowledge Science and the Changing Sense of Reality ca 1900, ed. Otto Sibum, special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 39/3, 2008. Further details [DOI doi:10.1016/j.shpsa.2008.06.010]
"The identity and routes of philosophy of science" essay review of : A. Brenner, Les origines françaises de la philosophie des sciences, Paris, PUF, 2003, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol 37/2, 2006, pp. 353-360. Further details
"Constructing narratives and reading texts: approaches to history and power struggles between philosophy and emergent disciplines in inter-war France", History of the Human Sciences, vol 18/3, 2005, pp. 83-107. Further details
"Bachelard and the History of the Mind", PLI: Warwick Journal of Philosophy, vol 16, 2005, pp. 171-185.
"La ragione scientifica e la pedagogia nel Lautréamont di Bachelard", [The scientific mind and pedagogy in Bachelard’s Lautréamont] in Ri-cominciare: Percorsi e attualità dell’opera di Gaston Bachelard, ed. Carlo Vinti and Francesca Bonicalzi, Milano, Jaka Books, 2004, pp. 111-122.
"The tribunal of philosophy and its norms: history and philosophy in Georges Canguilhem's historical epistemology", Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, vol 43/2, 2003, pp. 297-327. Abstract
(with Gad Freudenthal) "A Mind of Her Own: Hélène Metzger to Émile Meyerson, 1933", Isis, vol. 94/3, 2003, pp. 477-492. Abstract
"Hélène Metzger: history of science between history of mentalities and total history," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol 32/2, 2001, pp. 203-241. Abstract
"The Mind and the Faculties: The controversy over 'primitive mentality' and the struggle for disciplinary space at the interwar Sorbonne," History of the Human Sciences, 3, 2000, pp. 47-68. Abstract
"Painting an icon: Bachelard and the philosophical beard," in M. Kusch (ed.), The Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge, Dordrecht, Kluwer, 2000, pp. 61-91.
Introduction to: Gaston Bachelard, The Dialectic of Duration, Manchester, Clinamen Press, 2000: 1-13.
"Der Geist und die Fakultäten," in Michael Hagner (ed.) Ecce Cortex, Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag, 1999: 224-253.
Encyclopaedia entries
“Bachelard, Gaston (1884-1962)”, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ritzer, George (ed), 2nd edition, Blackwell Publishing, Blackwell Reference Online.
"Ian Hacking", Enciclopedia filosofica Sansoni, Milan, Sansoni, in press.
Festschrift contribution
“Goitre”, Eine Naturgeschichte für das 21. Jahrhundert. Hommage à/zu heren von/ in honor of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Berlin, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 2011; 2nd edition Alphaeus Verlag 2014
Reviews for The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Isis, The British Journal for the History of Science, The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Radical Philosophy.
See also Open Research Online and for further details of Cristina Chimisso’s research publications.

Teaching interests

Her teaching has ranged from history of modern philosophy, Continental philosophy, historiography, epistemology and philosophy of science, to history of science (including history of psychology and psychoanalysis) and nineteenth and twentieth century cultural history.
At the Open University, her teaching is mainly in the areas of epistemology, Continental philosophy, political philosophy and European studies.

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