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    Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Nature and Norms in Thought.Martin Lenz & Anik Waldow (eds.) - 2013 - Springer Verlag.
    Normativity has long been conceived as more properly pertaining to the domain of thought than to the domain of nature. This conception goes back to Kant and still figures prominently in contemporary epistemology, philosophy of mind and ethics. By offering a collection of new essays by leading scholars in early modern philosophy and specialists in contemporary philosophy, this volume goes beyond the point where nature and normativity came apart, and challenges the well-established opposition between these all too neatly separated realms. (...)
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    David Hume and the Problem of Other Minds.Anik Waldow - 2009 - Continuum.
    The problem of other minds has widely been considered as a special problem within the debate about scepticism. If one cannot be sure that there is a world existing independently of one's mind, how can we be sure that there are minds - minds which we cannot even experience the way we experience material objects? This book shows, through a detailed examination of David Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature, that these concerns are unfounded. By focusing on Hume's discussion of (...)
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    Natural History and the Formation of the Human Being: Kant on Active Forces.Anik Waldow - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 58:67-76.
    In his 1785-review of the Ideen zur Philosophie der Geschichte der Menschheit, Kant objects to Herder's conception of nature as being imbued with active forces. This attack is usually evaluated against the background of Kant's critical project and his epistemological concern to caution against the “metaphysical excess” of attributing immanent properties to matter. In this paper I explore a slightly different reading by investigating Kant's pre-critical account of creation and generation. The aim of this is to show that Kant's struggle (...)
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    The Pretense of Skepticism and its Nonepistemological Relevance in Early Modern Philosophy.Anik Waldow - 2010 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 27 (1):35-55.
    Early modern philosophers after Ren? Descartes are commonly distinguished as either rationalists or empiricists: rationalists are understood to agree with Descartes that reason is the source of knowledge, while empiricists are seen to emphasize the role of the senses within processes of knowledge acquisition. In recent years, this classic distinction has increasingly come under scrutiny. It is objected that, in its simplicity, the distinction tends to conceal the various cross-categorial influences thinkers of the early modern era had on each other.1 (...)
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    A Conversation Between Annette Baier and Anik Waldow About Hume's Account of Sympathy.Annette C. Baier & Anik Waldow - 2008 - Hume Studies 34 (1):61-87.
    We discuss the variety of sorts of sympathy Hume recognizes, the extent to which he thinks our sympathy with others’ feelings depends on inferences from the other’s expression, and from her perceived situation, and consider also whether he later changed his views about the nature and role of sympathy, in particular its role in morals.
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    Mirroring Minds: Hume on Sympathy.Anik Waldow - 2013 - The European Legacy 18 (5):540-551.
    Hume?s account of sympathy has often been taken to describe what the discovery of so-called mirror neurons has suggested, namely, that we are able to understand one another?s emotions and beliefs through experiences that require no mediating thoughts and exactly resemble the experiences of the observed person. I will oppose this interpretation by arguing that, on Hume?s standard account, sympathy is a mechanism that produces ideas and beliefs prior to the emergence of shared feelings. To stress this aspect of Humean (...)
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    Activating the Mind: Descartes' Dreams and the Awakening of the Human Animal Machine.Anik Waldow - 2017 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 94 (2):299-325.
    In this essay I argue that one of the things that matters most to Descartes' account of mind is that we use our minds actively. This is because for him only an active mind is able to re-organize its passionate experiences in such a way that a genuinely human, self-governed life of virtue and true contentment becomes possible. To bring out this connection, I will read the Meditations against the backdrop of Descartes' correspondence with Elisabeth. This will reveal that in (...)
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    Wie privat sind Ideen? Zur Funktion von Sprache, Gewohnheit und Erziehung in Humes Theorie der Assoziation.Anik Waldow - 2009 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 63 (2):235-259.
    Philosophen der Frühen Neuzeit werden gemeinhin als Ideen-Theoretiker verstanden, wobei Ideen als eine Barriere zwischen dem denkenden Subjekt und der Welt begriffen werden. In dem vorliegenden Artikel geht es mir darum, eine kritische Überprüfung des überholten Begriffsschemas anhand einer Auseinandersetzung mit Humes Theorie der Assoziation anzuregen. Es wird gezeigt, dass Ideen in der Interaktion zwischen dem Subjekt und seiner sozialen und natürlichen Umwelt entstehen. So ist es nicht die innere Privatheit des Bewusstseins, die für die Herausbildung von Ideen maßgeblich ist, (...)
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    Back to the Facts. Herder on the Normative Role of Sensibility and Imagination.Anik Waldow - 2013 - In Martin Lenz & Anik Waldow (eds.), Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy. New York: Springer. pp. 115-133.
    n his 1785 review of Herder’s Ideen zur Geschichte der Menschheit Kant stresses the negative effects of sensibility and imagination in undermining philosophy. This essay will offer a defence of Herder against Kant in order to gesture towards a more positive account of the cognitive function of these capacities. I will argue that the eighteenth-century fascination with the experimental sciences and the demand to engage in anti-speculative philosophy in fact called for the integration of sensibility and imagination. The reason for (...)
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    Mechanism and Thought Formation: Hume’s Emancipatory Scepticism.Anik Waldow - 2011 - In Stephen Buckle & Craig Taylor (eds.), Hume and the Enlightenment. London: Pickering & Chatto Publishing. pp. 171-186.
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    Nature and Norms in Thought.Anik Waldow - 2013 - In Anik Waldow & Martin Lenz (eds.), Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy. New York: Springer. pp. 1-12.
    The present volume joins contributions to early modern debates on nature and norms in thought with decidedly contemporary perspectives, thereby hoping to shed new light on developments in early modern philosophy as well as enrich current discussions on the relation between nature and norms. Clearly, the relation between mind and world poses perennial problems and debates. How do we explain that thoughts and other mental states have content? What makes it the case that some thought is about this rather than (...)
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    The Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity From Descartes to Hume by Udo Thiel. [REVIEW]Anik Waldow - 2014 - Hume Studies 40 (2):301-304.
    This monograph is an important book for anyone interested in the topic of consciousness and personal identity in early modern thought. It offers a rich overview of the vast array of writers reflecting on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century conceptions of persons, their responsibilities, the issue of immortality, and the development of an account of consciousness based on the way in which minds relate to their own thoughts and feelings. It traces the lines of influence from the scholastic background to Descartes and (...)
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    Sympathy and the Mechanics of Character Change.Anik Waldow - 2012 - Hume Studies 38 (2):221-242.
    Hume holds that sympathy is both crucial for making moral judgments and a distorting influence that prevents us from assessing the virtue of characters impartially. He writes, When any quality, or character, has a tendency to the good of mankind, we are pleas’d with it, and approve of it; because it presents the lively idea of pleasure; which idea affects us by sympathy, and is itself a kind of pleasure. But as this sympathy is very variable, it may be thought, (...)
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    Ideas, Evidence, and Method: Hume's Skepticism and Naturalism Concerning Knowledge and Causation, by Graciela De Pierris. [REVIEW]Anik Waldow - 2017 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (3):609-612.
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    Empiricism and Its Roots in the Ancient Medical Tradition.Anik Waldow - 2010 - In Charles T. Wolfe & Ofer Gal (eds.), The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge. Springer. pp. 287--308.
    Kant introduces empiricism as a deficient position that is unsuitable for the generation of scientific knowledge. The reason for this is that, according to him, empiricism fails to connect with the world by remaining trapped within the realm of appearances. If we follow Galen’s account of the debate ensuing among Hellenistic doctors in the third century B.C., empiricism presents itself in an entirely different light. It emerges as a position that criticises medical practitioners who stray away from the here and (...)
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    Hume's Belief in Other Minds.Anik Waldow - 2009 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (1):119 – 132.
    In this essay I endeavour to discern a possible foundation for Hume's underlying assumption that human minds are similar to each other. The aim of this is to provide a new approach towards A Treatise of Human Nature that links Books II and III with Hume's epistemological discussion in Book I by providing a detailed analysis of the structural parallels and differences between sympathy and causal reasoning. Against this background, the belief in other minds will turn out to pertain to (...)
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    Identity of Persons and Objects: Why Hume Considered Both as Two Sides of the Same Coin.Anik Waldow - 2010 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 8 (2):147-167.
    By investigating one of the major inconsistencies that Hume's parallel treatment of the identity of persons and objects issues, this essay offers an unconventional account of what it needs to avoid a dualist picture of mind and world. It will be argued that much hinges on the question of whether or not one is willing to allow the principally unperceivable to enter into one's concept of reality. Hume, as will be shown, rejects this approach: he denies that we have reason (...)
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    Personale Identität und Perzeption. David Humes Scheitern als Konsequenz seiner Wahrnehmungstheorie.Anik Waldow - 2005 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 59 (3):382 - 403.
    David Hume gibt mit seiner Theorie personaler Identität Rätsel auf. Rätselhaft ist sie vor allem deshalb, weil er sich selbst in einem Appendix der Inkonsistenz bezichtigt, jedoch weder einen konkreten Grund dafür angibt, noch eine angemessen Lösung anbietet. Im Folgenden wird dargelegt, daß Humes Theorie personaler Identität für sich betrachtet keinen Grund für derlei Selbstbezichtigungen liefert. Tatsächliche Schwierigkeiten ergeben sich hingegen unter Berücksichtigung von Humes Wahrnehmungstheorie, in deren Zentrum der Begriff der Perzeption steht. Sowohl unseren Glauben an die eigene Identität (...)
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    Locke on the Irrelevance of the Soul.Anik Waldow - 2012 - Philosophy 87 (03):353-373.
    Commentators usually agree that Locke's discussion of thinking matter is intended to undermine the plausibility of the belief in the existence of the soul. In this paper I argue that, instead of trying to reveal the implausibility of this belief, Locke seeks to rid the concept of the soul of its traditional cognitive and moral functions in order to render references to the soul redundant in philosophical explanations of the nature of human beings and their place in the world. On (...)
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    The Artifice of Human Nature: Rousseau and Herder.Anik Waldow - 2015 - Intellectual History Review 25 (3):343-356.
    In this essay I will argue that although Rousseau often invokes the concept of nature as a fixed point of reference in the evaluation of personal traits, and individual and collective practices, a closer look at the dynamics of the educational programme laid out in his Emile shows that for him human nature has to emerge in a process that combines the influence of nature and artifice. This process is essentially enabled by Emile's sensibility that, as I will claim, can (...)
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    Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception – Ryan Nichols. [REVIEW]Anik Waldow - 2010 - Philosophical Quarterly 60 (240):643-645.
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  22. Between History and Nature: Herder’s Human Being and the Naturalisation of Reason.Anik Waldow - 2017 - In Herder: Philosophy and Anthropology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 147-165.
    This essay argues that Herder’s conception of history as a form of natural growth is grounded in his claim that humans are a part of nature and develop historically situated forms of reason in communication with the features of their natural and social environments. By stressing this developmental aspect of human reason, Herder not only helps us to correct an overly universalistic conception of reason that ignores the importance of situational contexts in the shaping of cognitive structures; he also allows (...)
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  23. Bridging the Gap: Can Conceptual Analysis Solve the Problem of Other Minds.Anik Waldow - 2014 - Anthropology and Philosophy 11:133-147.
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  24. Descartes on Self-Knowledge.Anik Waldow - forthcoming - In Stephen Hetherington (ed.), Knowledge: From Antiquity to the Present. London: Bloomsbury.
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  25. Geschlechterordnung Und Staat. Legitimationsfiguren der Politischen Philosophie (Gender Roles Under the Influence of Nature and Education).Anik Waldow - 2012 - In Marion Heinz & Friederike Kuster (eds.), Geschlechterordnung und Staat. Legitimationsfiguren der politischen Philosophie (1600-1850). Berlin: Akademie Verlag. pp. 151-162.
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  26. Hume and German Philosophy.Anik Waldow - forthcoming - In Angela Coventry & Alex Sagar (eds.), A Routledge Companion to The Humean Mind. London: Routledge.
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  27. Introduction.Anik Waldow - 2015 - Intellectual History Review 25 (3):255-256.
  28. Introduction.Anik Waldow - 2017 - In Vinicius Waldow & Nigel DeSouza (eds.), Herder: Philosophy and Anthropology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 1-9.
    Herder brings the entire human being into focus by tracing its connections with the natural, cultural, and historical world. The first part of the volume examines the various dimensions of Herder’s philosophical understanding of human nature through which he sought methodologically to delineate a genuinely anthropological philosophy. This includes his critique of traditional metaphysics and its revision along anthropological lines; the metaphysical, epistemological, and physiological dimensions of his theory of the soul-body relationship; his conception of aesthetics as the study of (...)
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  29. Introduction to Special Issue: Sensibility in the Early Modern Era: From Living Machines to Affective Morality.Anik Waldow - 2015 - Intellectual History Review 25 (3):255-256.
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  30. Projection and Realism in Hume’s Philosophy. [REVIEW]Anik Waldow - 2008 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 62 (3).
  31. Personal Identity.Anik Waldow - forthcoming - In Dana Jalobeanu & Charles T. Wolfe (eds.), Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. New York: Springer.
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  32. Reconceptualising Affect: Descartes on the Passions.Anik Waldow - forthcoming - In Juanita Ruys & Kirk Essary (eds.), Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling (400-1800). London: Routledge.
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  33. Sensibility in the Early Modern Era: From Living Machines to Affective Morality.Anik Waldow (ed.) - 2016 - Routledge.
    _Sensibility in the Early Modern Era_ investigates how the early modern characterisation of sensibility as a natural property of the body could give way to complex considerations about the importance of affect in morality. What underlies this understanding of sensibility is the attempt to fuse Lockean sensationism with Scottish sentimentalism – being able to have experiences of objects in the world is here seen as being grounded in the same principle that also enables us to feel moral sentiments. Moral and (...)
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  34. Triggers of Thought: Impressions Within Hume’s Theory of Mind.Anik Waldow - 2010 - Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 13.
    This essay argues that Humean impressions are triggers of associative processes, which enable us to form stable patterns of thought that co-vary with our experiences of the world. It will thus challenge the importance of the Copy Principle by claiming that it is the regularity with which certain kinds of sensory inputs motivate certain sets of complex ideas that matters for the discrimination of ideas. This reading is conducive to Hume’s account of perception, because it avoids the impoverishment of conceptual (...)
     
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  35. The Self.Anik Waldow - forthcoming - In Cecilia Wee & Jorge Secada (eds.), The Cartesian Mind. London: Routledge.
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  36. Verstehen durch Emotionen. Hume zum Problem des Fremdpsychischen (Understanding through Emotions).Anik Waldow - 2014 - In Frank Brosow & Heiner Klemme (eds.), David Hume nach 300 Jahren. Historische Kontexte und systematische Perspektiven. Münster: Mentis. pp. 128-148.
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  37. Who is Able to Feel Pain? A Cartesian Attack on the Bête Machine.Anik Waldow - 2011 - In Angela Tumini & Hans Sternudd (eds.), How does it Feel? Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press. pp. 3-15.
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