Associate Professor Anik Waldow

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Anik Waldow is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Sydney. She mainly works in early modern philosophy and has published articles on the moral and cognitive function of sympathy, theories of personal identity, the role of affect in the formation of the self, scepticism and associationist theories of thought and language. She received a Leverhulm research grant (2014-2016) for the interdisciplinary project “Sympathy and its Reflections in History”, and has an ARC Discovery Project on the Experimental Self (2017-19) which focuses on the role of experience, sensibility and embodiment in the construction of selves and their place in social, political and natural spheres. She was an Associate Investigator of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (2013-2017) and has more recently started to investigate the role of empathy in linguistic and non-linguistic communications. She is the author of the monographs Experience Embodied: Early Modern Accounts of the Human Place in Nature (OUP 2020) and Hume and the Problem of Other Minds (Continuum 2009), the editor of Sensibility in the Early Modern Era: From Living Machines to Affective Morality (Routledge 2016), and co-edited Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy (Routledge 2019) and Herder: Philosophy and Anthropology (OUP 2017). Since 2018 she has been the director of the Sydney Intellectual History Network.

Research interests

She mainly works in 17th and 18th century philosophy and has a special interest in

  • Theories of sympathy and sentimentalism
  • The problem of other minds
  • The human-animal distinction
  • Theories of language and communication
  • Virtue Epistemology
  • Intersubectivity

Teaching and supervision

  • History of Early Modern Philosophy
  • Humean Moral Psychology, Personal Identity and Theories of the Self
  • Ancient and Early Modern Scepticism
  • Experience
  • Perception and Sensibility in the Enlightenment

Current research students

Project title Research student
Fictions and the Humean Imagination Elena GORDON
Descartes on Consciousness and Thought Lucinda NICOLLS SMALL

Associations

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for the History Emotions Associate Investigator
  • The Hume Society

In the media

'Compassion: caught or taught?' The Philosopher's Zone, Radio National, 29 Jan 2017

'Empathy and the Ability to Understand Difference,' Philosophy Talks @ Leichhardt Library, 3 Aug 2017

Selected grants

2019

  • Developing the field of Multispecies Justice; Waldow A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Strategic Research Programme Project.

2018

  • Lecturer and Student Exchange Programme; Waldow A, Simmons A; Office of Global Engagement/Travel Grants.

2017

  • Enlightment Thinking; Milam J, Caine B, Gaukroger S, Sluga G, Nassar D, Waldow A, Borghesi F, Moir C; DVC Research/Sydney Research Excellence Initiative 2020 (SREI).
  • The Experimental Self in Early-Modern Philosophy; Waldow A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2014

  • Sympathy and its Reflections in History; Matravers D, Waldow A; British Academy/Leverhulme.

2013

  • Sydney Intellectual History Network; Milam J, Aspromourgos A, Borghesi F, Caine B, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gaukroger S, Helbig D, Karalis V, Kerridge I, Macarthur D, Nassar D, Redding P, Sadurski W, Sevel M, Sluga G, Smith M, Waldow A, Walton K; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
  • Kant, Herder and the Development of Philosophical Anthropology; Waldow A, Nassar D; University of Sydney/SOPHI Conference Grant.

2010

  • The rise of empiricism and the attempt to produce a unified understanding of the world, 1680-1750; Gaukroger S, Waldow A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2007

  • The Origin of the Empiricism-Rationalism Distinction; Waldow A; German Academic Exchange Service (Germany)/Scholarship.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Waldow, A. (2020). Experience Embodied: Early Modern Accounts of the Human Place in Nature (forthcoming). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Waldow, A. (2009). David Hume and the Problem of Other Minds. London, United Kingdom: Continuum.

Edited Books

  • Matravers, D., Waldow, A. (2019). Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy: Theoretical Approaches and Emerging Challenges. London: Routledge.
  • Waldow, A., DeSouza, N. (2017). Herder: Philosophy and Anthropology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Waldow, A. (2016). Sensibility in the Early Modern Era: From Living Machines to Affective Morality. London: Routledge.
  • Lenz, M., Waldow, A. (2013). Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Nature and Norms in Thought. New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Waldow, A. (2019). "Personal Identity," (forthcoming). In Dana Jalobeanu and Charles Wolfe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. New York: Springer.
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Are Cartesian Minds Rylean Ghosts? (forthcoming). In Cecilia Wee and Jorge Secada (Eds.), The Cartesian Mind. London: Routledge.
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Descartes. In Stephen Gaukroger (Eds.), Knowledge in Modern Philosophy, (pp. 45-61). London: Bloomsbury.
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Empathy: Affect, Language and Cognition in the Discovery of the Past. In Derek Matravers and Anik Waldow (Eds.), Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy: Theoretical Approaches and Emerging Challenges, (pp. 13-27). London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Hume and German Philosophy. In Angela Coventry and Alex Sager (Eds.), The Humean Mind, (pp. 375-387). Oxon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Reconceptualising Affect: Descartes on the Passions. In edited by Juanita Feros Ruys, Michael W. Champion, and Kirk Essary (Eds.), Before Emotion : the language of feeling, 400-1800, (pp. 199-211). London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2017). Between History and Nature: Herder's Human Being and the Naturalization of Reason. In Anik Waldow and Nigel DeSouza (Eds.), Herder: Philosophy and Anthropology, (pp. 147-165). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A., DeSouza, N. (2017). Introduction. In Anik Waldow and Nigel DeSouza (Eds.), Herder: Philosophy and Anthropology, (pp. 1-9). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2016). The Artifice of Human Nature: Rousseau and Herder. In Anik Waldow (Eds.), Sensibility in the Early Modern Era: From Living Machines to Affective Morality, (pp. 89-102). London: Routledge.
  • Waldow, A. (2014). Verstehen durch Emotionen: Hume zum Problem des Fremdpsychischen. In Frank Brosow, Heiner F. Klemme (Eds.), David Hume nach dreihundert Jahren: Historische Kontexte und systematische Perspektiven, (pp. 128-148). Munster: Mentis Verlag GmbH.
  • Waldow, A. (2013). Back to the Facts - Herder on the Normative Role of Sensibility and Imagination. In Martin Lenz, Anik Waldow (Eds.), Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Nature and Norms in Thought, (pp. 115-133). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Lenz, M., Waldow, A. (2013). Nature and Norms in Thought. In Martin Lenz, Anik Waldow (Eds.), Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Nature and Norms in Thought, (pp. 1-10). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2012). David Hume: Geschlechterrollen unter dem Einfluss von Natur und Erziehung [David Hume: Gender Roles Under the Influence of Nature and Education]. In Marion Heinz and Sabine Doye (Eds.), Geschlechterordnung und Staat: Legitimationsfiguren der politischen Philosophie (1600-1850), (pp. 151-162). Berlin: Akademie Verlag. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2011). Mechanism and Thought Formation: Hume's Emancipatory Scepticism. In Craig Taylor and Stephen Buckle (Eds.), Hume and the Enlightenment, (pp. 171-185). London, UK: Pickering and Chatto. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2011). Who is Able to Feel Pain? A Cartesian Attack on the Bete-Machine. In Hans T Sternudd and Angela Tumini (Eds.), How Does It Feel Making Sense of Pain, (pp. 3-15). Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Waldow, A. (2010). Empiricism and Its Roots in the Ancient Medical Tradition. In Charles T. Wolf and Ofer Gal (Eds.), The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge: Embodied Empiricism in Early Modern Science, (pp. 287-308). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

Journals

  • Waldow, A. (2019). Book Review: Descartes, Malebranche, and the Crisis of Perception, by Walter Ott. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Mind. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2019). The Language of Sympathy: Hume on Communication. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, June (2019). [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2017). Activating the Mind: Descartes' Dreams and the Awakening of the Human Animal Machine. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 94(2), 299-325. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2016). Natural history and the formation of the human being: Kant on active forces. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 58, 67-76. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2015). Introduction. Intellectual History Review, 25(3), 255-256. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2015). The Artifice of Human Nature: Rousseau and Herder. Intellectual History Review, 25(3), 343-356. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2014). Bridging the Gap: Can Conceptual Analysis Solve the Problem of other Minds? Anthropology and Philosophy, 11, 133-147.
  • Waldow, A. (2013). Mirroring Minds: Hume on Sympathy. The European Legacy, 18(5), 540-551. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2012). Locke on the Irrelevance of the Soul. Philosophy, 87(3), 353-373. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2012). Sympathy and the Mechanics of Character Change (published in 2014). Hume Studies, 38(2), 221-242. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2010). Identity of Persons and Objects: Why Hume Considered Both as Two Sides of the Same Coin. Journal of Scottish Philosophy, 8(2), 147-167. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2010). Review: Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception. The Philosophical Quarterly, 60(240), 643-645.
  • Waldow, A. (2010). The Pretense of Skepticism and its Nonepistemological Relevance in Early Modern Philosophy. History of Philosophy Quarterly, 27(1), 35-55.
  • Waldow, A. (2010). Triggers of Thought: Impressions within Hume's Theory of Mind. Philosophiegeschichte und Logische Analyse, 13, 105-121.
  • Baier, A., Waldow, A. (2009). A Conversation between Annette Baier and Anik Waldow about Hume's Account of Sympathy. Hume Studies, 34(1), 61-87.
  • Waldow, A. (2009). Hume's Belief in Other Minds. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 17(1), 119-132. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2009). Wie privat sind Ideen? Zur Funktion von Sprache, Gewohnheit und Erziehung in Humes Theorie der Assoziation (How private are ideas? For the function of language, custom and education in Hume's theory of association). Zeitschrift fur philosophische Forschung (Journal of Philosophical Research), 63(2), 235-259. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2008). Book Review - Peter Kail: Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy. Zeitschrift fur philosophische Forschung (Journal of Philosophical Research), 62(3), 124-127.
  • Waldow, A. (2005). Personale Identität und Perzeption. David Humes Scheitern als Konsequenz seiner Wahrnehmungstheorie. (Personal Identity and Perception). Zeitschrift fur philosophische Forschung (Journal of Philosophical Research), 59(3), 382-403.

Edited Journals

  • Waldow, A. (2015). Sensibility in the Early Modern Era. Intellectual History Review, 25(3).

2020

  • Waldow, A. (2020). Experience Embodied: Early Modern Accounts of the Human Place in Nature (forthcoming). New York: Oxford University Press.

2019

  • Waldow, A. (2019). "Personal Identity," (forthcoming). In Dana Jalobeanu and Charles Wolfe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. New York: Springer.
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Are Cartesian Minds Rylean Ghosts? (forthcoming). In Cecilia Wee and Jorge Secada (Eds.), The Cartesian Mind. London: Routledge.
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Book Review: Descartes, Malebranche, and the Crisis of Perception, by Walter Ott. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Mind. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Descartes. In Stephen Gaukroger (Eds.), Knowledge in Modern Philosophy, (pp. 45-61). London: Bloomsbury.
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Empathy: Affect, Language and Cognition in the Discovery of the Past. In Derek Matravers and Anik Waldow (Eds.), Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy: Theoretical Approaches and Emerging Challenges, (pp. 13-27). London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Hume and German Philosophy. In Angela Coventry and Alex Sager (Eds.), The Humean Mind, (pp. 375-387). Oxon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Matravers, D., Waldow, A. (2019). Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy: Theoretical Approaches and Emerging Challenges. London: Routledge.
  • Waldow, A. (2019). Reconceptualising Affect: Descartes on the Passions. In edited by Juanita Feros Ruys, Michael W. Champion, and Kirk Essary (Eds.), Before Emotion : the language of feeling, 400-1800, (pp. 199-211). London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2019). The Language of Sympathy: Hume on Communication. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, June (2019). [More Information]

2017

  • Waldow, A. (2017). Activating the Mind: Descartes' Dreams and the Awakening of the Human Animal Machine. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 94(2), 299-325. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2017). Between History and Nature: Herder's Human Being and the Naturalization of Reason. In Anik Waldow and Nigel DeSouza (Eds.), Herder: Philosophy and Anthropology, (pp. 147-165). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A., DeSouza, N. (2017). Herder: Philosophy and Anthropology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Waldow, A., DeSouza, N. (2017). Introduction. In Anik Waldow and Nigel DeSouza (Eds.), Herder: Philosophy and Anthropology, (pp. 1-9). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2016

  • Waldow, A. (2016). Natural history and the formation of the human being: Kant on active forces. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 58, 67-76. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2016). Sensibility in the Early Modern Era: From Living Machines to Affective Morality. London: Routledge.
  • Waldow, A. (2016). The Artifice of Human Nature: Rousseau and Herder. In Anik Waldow (Eds.), Sensibility in the Early Modern Era: From Living Machines to Affective Morality, (pp. 89-102). London: Routledge.

2015

  • Waldow, A. (2015). Introduction. Intellectual History Review, 25(3), 255-256. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2015). Sensibility in the Early Modern Era. Intellectual History Review, 25(3).
  • Waldow, A. (2015). The Artifice of Human Nature: Rousseau and Herder. Intellectual History Review, 25(3), 343-356. [More Information]

2014

  • Waldow, A. (2014). Bridging the Gap: Can Conceptual Analysis Solve the Problem of other Minds? Anthropology and Philosophy, 11, 133-147.
  • Waldow, A. (2014). Verstehen durch Emotionen: Hume zum Problem des Fremdpsychischen. In Frank Brosow, Heiner F. Klemme (Eds.), David Hume nach dreihundert Jahren: Historische Kontexte und systematische Perspektiven, (pp. 128-148). Munster: Mentis Verlag GmbH.

2013

  • Waldow, A. (2013). Back to the Facts - Herder on the Normative Role of Sensibility and Imagination. In Martin Lenz, Anik Waldow (Eds.), Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Nature and Norms in Thought, (pp. 115-133). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Lenz, M., Waldow, A. (2013). Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Nature and Norms in Thought. New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2013). Mirroring Minds: Hume on Sympathy. The European Legacy, 18(5), 540-551. [More Information]
  • Lenz, M., Waldow, A. (2013). Nature and Norms in Thought. In Martin Lenz, Anik Waldow (Eds.), Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Nature and Norms in Thought, (pp. 1-10). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

2012

  • Waldow, A. (2012). David Hume: Geschlechterrollen unter dem Einfluss von Natur und Erziehung [David Hume: Gender Roles Under the Influence of Nature and Education]. In Marion Heinz and Sabine Doye (Eds.), Geschlechterordnung und Staat: Legitimationsfiguren der politischen Philosophie (1600-1850), (pp. 151-162). Berlin: Akademie Verlag. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2012). Locke on the Irrelevance of the Soul. Philosophy, 87(3), 353-373. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2012). Sympathy and the Mechanics of Character Change (published in 2014). Hume Studies, 38(2), 221-242. [More Information]

2011

  • Waldow, A. (2011). Mechanism and Thought Formation: Hume's Emancipatory Scepticism. In Craig Taylor and Stephen Buckle (Eds.), Hume and the Enlightenment, (pp. 171-185). London, UK: Pickering and Chatto. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2011). Who is Able to Feel Pain? A Cartesian Attack on the Bete-Machine. In Hans T Sternudd and Angela Tumini (Eds.), How Does It Feel Making Sense of Pain, (pp. 3-15). Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

2010

  • Waldow, A. (2010). Empiricism and Its Roots in the Ancient Medical Tradition. In Charles T. Wolf and Ofer Gal (Eds.), The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge: Embodied Empiricism in Early Modern Science, (pp. 287-308). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2010). Identity of Persons and Objects: Why Hume Considered Both as Two Sides of the Same Coin. Journal of Scottish Philosophy, 8(2), 147-167. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2010). Review: Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception. The Philosophical Quarterly, 60(240), 643-645.
  • Waldow, A. (2010). The Pretense of Skepticism and its Nonepistemological Relevance in Early Modern Philosophy. History of Philosophy Quarterly, 27(1), 35-55.
  • Waldow, A. (2010). Triggers of Thought: Impressions within Hume's Theory of Mind. Philosophiegeschichte und Logische Analyse, 13, 105-121.

2009

  • Baier, A., Waldow, A. (2009). A Conversation between Annette Baier and Anik Waldow about Hume's Account of Sympathy. Hume Studies, 34(1), 61-87.
  • Waldow, A. (2009). David Hume and the Problem of Other Minds. London, United Kingdom: Continuum.
  • Waldow, A. (2009). Hume's Belief in Other Minds. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 17(1), 119-132. [More Information]
  • Waldow, A. (2009). Wie privat sind Ideen? Zur Funktion von Sprache, Gewohnheit und Erziehung in Humes Theorie der Assoziation (How private are ideas? For the function of language, custom and education in Hume's theory of association). Zeitschrift fur philosophische Forschung (Journal of Philosophical Research), 63(2), 235-259. [More Information]

2008

  • Waldow, A. (2008). Book Review - Peter Kail: Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy. Zeitschrift fur philosophische Forschung (Journal of Philosophical Research), 62(3), 124-127.

2005

  • Waldow, A. (2005). Personale Identität und Perzeption. David Humes Scheitern als Konsequenz seiner Wahrnehmungstheorie. (Personal Identity and Perception). Zeitschrift fur philosophische Forschung (Journal of Philosophical Research), 59(3), 382-403.

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