Joanna Byrne | June 11, 2019
Felipe Fernández-Armesto, William P. Reynolds professor of history at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters is the author of a new book on the journey of human imagination throughout history. Fernández-Armesto is currently teaching in London at the London Global Gateway.
Titled, “Out of Our Minds: A History of What We Think and How We Came to Think It,” the book examines science, politics, religion, culture, philosophy and history in order to tell the story of human imagination from the beginning of civilization to the modern day.
Fernández-Armesto provides insights into cognitive science while recognizing that no single scientific discipline has all the answers. He looks at both why and how we form ideas in the first place, giving us a deeper understanding of who we are as members of the human species.
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2009, Fernández-Armesto transgresses traditional fields, working on the history of non-human cultural creatures, the history of language, and devising new, global approaches to history. His book, “Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration,” received the World History Association Book Prize. In 2009, he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise, Spain's highest honor for contributors to science, scholarship, education, and the arts.
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