Monash Philosopher wins 2018 AAP Annette Baier Prize

Monash Philosopher wins 2018 AAP Annette Baier Prize

Philosopher Dr Jennifer Windt has won the 2018 Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Annette Baier Prize.

The prize is awarded for “an outstanding philosophical paper or book chapter published by an Australasian woman during the previous calendar year.”

Dr Windt won for her journal article: “Predictive brains, dreaming selves, sleeping bodies: how the analysis of dream movement can inform a theory of self-and world-simulation in dreams,” Synthese 195, no. 6 (2018): 2577-2625.

This paper discusses the relationship between bodily experiences in dreams and the sleeping, physical body. It questions the popular view that dreaming is a naturally and frequently occurring real-world example of cranial envatment.

The AAP website notes that: “This paper is exceptionally clear and systematic. … The manifold and subtle ways in which the paper manages to explore the testability of various well-known philosophical positions as empirical hypotheses greatly impressed the judges.”

The prize is sponsored by Taylor and Francis.

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