Professor at the Institut Mines-Télécom, associate researcher at the Archives Husserl, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.
After studies in Buddhist philosophy and ten years of research and consulting in information system design, Claire Petitmengin completed her Ph.D. thesis under the supervision of Francisco Varela at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, on the subject of the lived experience which accompanies the emergence of an intuition. She is presently Professor at the Institut Mines-Télécom and associate researcher at the Archives Husserl, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.
Her research focuses on the usually unrecognized dynamics of lived experience and “first-person” methods enabling us to become aware of it and describe it. She studies the epistemological conditions of these methods, notably the conditions of validity of their results, as well as their educational, therapeutic, artistic and technological applications. Her research also addresses the process of mutual enrichment of “first person” and “third person” analyses in the context of “neurophenomenological” projects.
She wrote numerous scientific articles and two books : « L’expérience intuitive, and Le chemin du milieu », « Introduction à la vacuité dans la pensée bouddhiste indienne ». She also edited Ten years of viewing from within. The legacy of Francisco Varela which commemorates the 10th anniversary of the publication of The View from Within, where Francisco Varela designed the foundations of a research program on lived experience.