Noga Arikha is a philosopher and historian of ideas. Her first book, Passions and Tempers (Ecco / HarperCollins, 2007; Bompiani, 2009) was a New York Times Review Editor’s Choice and one of the Washington Post Best Non-Fiction Books for 2007. Her second book, a biography of Lucien Bonaparte co-authored with her husband Marcello Simonetta, was Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion, and Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011; Bompiani, 2011).
She was born and raised in Paris, then lived and studied in London. She took a Ph.D. from the Warburg Institute before moving to New York in 2002, where she was a Fellow at Columbia University and Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College. In 2011, she returned to Paris with her family. She is a Research Associate at the Institut Jean Nicod of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and, since 2020, an Associate Fellow at the Warburg Institute. In spring 2021 she moved to Tuscany with her husband and two sons.
The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind, an exploration of brain, self, dementia and medicine based on the stories of neuropsychiatric patients, is forthcoming from Basic Books (UK and US) in Spring 2022.