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.