WINNER OF THE NAKS BIENNIAL BOOK PRIZE PRIZE FOR SENIOR SCHOLARS
The judges for the 2013
NAKS Biennial Book Prize for Senior Scholars are pleased to announce that the
winner for this year’s competition is Pauline Kleingeld, author of Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical
Ideal of World Citizenship (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Kleingeld’s book is the
first comprehensive account of Kant’s
cosmopolitanism, highlighting its moral, political, legal, economic, cultural,
and psychological aspects. Contrasting Kant’s views with those of other cosmopolitan theorists
in late eighteenth-century Germany, and relating them to current debates,
Kleingeld sheds new light on texts that have been hitherto neglected or
underestimated. In clear and carefully argued discussions, she shows that Kant’s philosophical cosmopolitanism underwent a
radical transformation in the mid 1790s and that the resulting theory is
philosophically stronger than is usually thought.
Using the work of figures
such as Fichte, Cloots, Forster, Hegewisch, Wieland, and Novalis, Kleingeld
analyses Kant’s arguments regarding the
relationship between cosmopolitanism and patriotism, the importance of states,
the ideal of an international federation, cultural pluralism, race, global
economic justice, and the psychological feasibility of the cosmopolitan ideal.
In doing so, she reveals a broad spectrum of positions in cosmopolitan theory
that are relevant to current discussions of cosmopolitanism.
Pauline Kleingeld (PhD
Leiden, 1994) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of
Groningen, the Netherlands. She is the author of Kant and Cosmopolitanism:
The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2012) and Fortschritt und Vernunft: Zur
Geschichtsphilosophie Kants (Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 1995), and
the editor of Immanuel Kant, ‘Toward Perpetual Peace’ and Other Writings on
Politics, Peace, and History (New Haven: Yale University Press,
2006). She is heading two research programs funded by the Netherlands
Organization for Scientific Research: "Morality beyond illusions: Re-assessing
the philosophical implications of empirical studies of moral agency"
(2009-2013) and "Kant on morality and empirical knowledge of moral
This is the first year
NAKS awards the Book Prize. We are delighted to report that we received a large
number of outstanding submissions and competition was very stiff. It is
humbling to witness the creativity and depth existing in Kantian studies. We
encourage qualifed members to submit their work for consideration for the next
Biennial Book Prize competition, to be awarded for an outstanding book dealing
with any aspect of Kant’s philosophy published between January, 2013 and
December, 2014. A panel consisting of members drawn from the NAKS Advisory
Board judges all submissions, and the winner receives a prize of $500.
For an overview of Professor
Kleingeld’s book please go to the members-only section of our website. You will
find the file inside the “NAKS Book Prize” folder.