Annette Baier Prize

Annette Claire Baier was a New Zealand philosopher and Hume scholar, focused in particular on Hume's moral psychology.

Commencing in 2016, The Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) offers an annual monetary prize for an outstanding philosophical paper or book chapter published by an Australasian woman during the previous calendar year. 

Criterion of evaluation

    The sole criterion for the prize is philosophical merit. 

    The judging panel will consider and score entries on:

    • Overall impression of merit 
    • Originality
    • Scholarship 
    • Clarity of expression


    Papers must be nominated to be considered for the prize. Nominations may be made by the author or by someone else. 

    Entries must appear in print (or in final form if the publication is online only) in the year previous to the prize award. 

    The prize is open to published papers or book chapters (i.e. chapters in edited anthologies) in any area of philosophy.

    The prize is open to female professional philosophers who are actively engaged in an Australasian higher education and/or research institution.

    Entries/nominations for pieces published in 2016 should be in electronic copy and must be received by the Executive Officer no later than 28th February 2017

      Entries should be received in electronic copy and include:
      • A completed nomination form 
      • A PDF copy of the nominated piece in its published form
      • Full citation details

      2016 Annette Baier Prize Winner

      Monima Chadha

       “Time-Series of Ephemeral Impressions: The Abhidharma-Buddhist View of Conscious Experience,” Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences: 14 (3), pp. 543–560.

      This paper defends the Buddhist Abhidharma theory of experience from phenomenological and metaphysical challenges due to the doctrine of momentariness, the view that ‘seemingly rich conscious experiences are made fully available in a moment’. (544) It is a very thorough paper, responding to recent criticisms by Dan Zahavi and others, and elegantly weaving together history of philosophy in the Buddhist tradition, contemporary analytic philosophy, empirical neuroscience and the phenomenology of Husserl to craft an intricate united view. The piece is incredibly rich, and correspondingly complex, due to the worlds of knowledge navigated. It carefully treads the line between textual fidelity to particular traditions and conceptual engagement across traditions. The committee judged the paper to be of a high standard of scholarship, clarity, and overall merit, and found that one could keep reading this piece and finding more insights in it. 

      2016 Short list

      Joanne Faulkner 

      University of New South Wales

      ‘Our own Hurricane Katrina: Aboriginal disadvantage and Australian national identity’, National Identities, 2015, 17(2),117-135.


      Bronwyn Finnigan 

      Australian National University

      ‘Phronesis in Aristotle: Reconciling Deliberation with Spontaneity’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2015, Vol. XCI No. 3, 674-697.


      Dalia Nassar

      University of Sydney

      ‘Analogy, Natural History and the Philosophy of Nature;, Journal of the Philosophy of History, 2015, 9, 240-257.

      Monima Chadha 

      Monash University

      ‘Time-Series of Ephemeral Impressions: The Abhidharma-Buddhist View of Conscious Experience’, Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences, 2015, 14 (3), 543-560


      Anik Waldow  

      Anik Waldow

      University of Sydney

      Activating the Mind: Descartes’ Dreams and the Awakening of the Human Animal Machine’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2015, doi: 10.1111/phpr.12252

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