Network Directors

Dr Francesco Borghesi

Dr Francesco Borghesi

Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies
School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The University of Sydney


My research is concerned with the development of philosophical ideas in European history, especially between the thirteenth and the sixteenth century, and places itself at the intersection of the histories of philosophy, religion, and literature. My current project focuses on the diffusion of the idea of ethical concord during the Renaissance and, by shedding new light on the thought of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, aims at providing an enriched view of the Renaissance's contribution to the definition of common good.

I hold degrees from the Università di Bologna and Brown University. I have been a DAAD Fellow at the Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, a Frances A. Yates Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London, a Reseach Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, a Lauro de Bosis Fellow at Harvard University, and an Ahmanson Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies - Villa I Tatti. I am also a member of the advisory board of the Virtual Humanities Lab (VHL) at Brown University, of the editorial board of Italian Culture, the journal of the American Association for Italian Studies, and of the advisory board of the Edinburgh Studies in Comparative Political Theory and Intellectual History.

Associate Professor Anik Waldow

Associate Professor Anik Waldow

Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The University of Sydney


Anik mainly works in 17th and 18th century philosophy and has a special interest in David Hume, the belief-generating function of sympathy, the problem of other minds, scepticism and personal identity.

Anik Waldow did her PhD at the University of Oxford and Humboldt University of Berlin.Her current research focuses on the question of how the emergence of empirically based approaches in early modern natural philosophy gave way to a general shift of interest away from the realm of the metaphysical to the natural world of sentient human beings.

Dr Waldow is also Associate Investigator of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.