Anik Waldow

Professor Anik Waldow

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022
  • Section(s): Philosophy And History Of Ideas


Anik Waldow is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. She specialises in early modern philosophy and has published widely 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 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). Her current research investigates early modern conceptions of monstrosity to understand better the historical roots of inclusion and exclusion mechanisms that underlie thoughts about normality and deformity to this day. She is part of the Extending New Narratives initiative (SSHRC) that focuses on the retrieval and recognition of philosophical works by women and individuals from other marginalized groups.

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