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  • 23 May 2015 5:00 PM | Anonymous
    The North American Kant Society is pleased to announce the establishment of the annual Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize, which began in 2010. Open to recent PhDs and junior (non-tenured) faculty who are 40 years of age or younger and members of NAKS in good standing, this prize will be awarded annually for the best essay on any topic that demonstrates the continued relevance of Kant’s philosophy. Essays must be previously unpublished (work under consideration or forthcoming will be considered), and cannot exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes)

    The Sellars Essay Prize is the natural continuation of the existing Marcus Herz Prize, which is awarded to the best graduate student submission to the NAKS study groups. Our intention is to help promote original Kantian or Kant-inspired philosophical work of scholars in the early stages of their careers. Submissions will be blind-reviewed and judged by members of a review committee drawn from the NAKS Executive and Advisory Boards.

    The award winner will be announced on June 15 and will receive a prize of $500.

    Deadline

    The deadline for submitting is January 15, 2015.

    Submission Instructions

    Please send entries electronically to:
    Helga Varden (havarden@illinois.edu) and Pablo Muchnik (pablo_muchnik@emerson.edu)

    Submission Requirements

    The submission must be accompanied by a cover letter containing a three-part declaration stating that:

    1. the author is a member of NAKS in good standing.
    2. the essay has not been published by January 15, 2014.
    3. the author already has a PhD in hand, is 40 years of age or younger, and an untenured scholar, and

    The Award Committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted.


  • 23 May 2015 4:57 PM | Anonymous

    As members of NAKS, we are committed to promoting Kant-scholarship and Kantian philosophy in all its forms. No one who shares these basic aims should be prevented, for monetary reasons only, from joining and participating in NAKS. Yet, at the same time, as a relatively small society, we depend primarily on membership dues to support a growing number of activities and prizes. Since we have not raised dues since 2009, we decided it was time to revisit our financial structure and adopt what we believe is the most fair model for our society.

    Here are the main results of our deliberations:

    1. To maintain the current membership dues of graduate students, retired people, and the unemployed.

    2. To create a new category of members for those holding ånon-tenure track jobs to encourage and facilitate their participation.

    3. For reasons of fairness, to create a more nuanced dues structure for those holding tenure track jobs or who are already tenured.

    4. Finally, to introduce a “hardship clause” that would allow members to waive paying their dues under extenuating circumstances and for a limited period.

    Moving forward, this is the new membership structure at a glance:

    • Category 1: students, retired, or unemployed members, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $10.00 per year.

    • Category 2: non-student, employed but non-tenure track members, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $20.00 per year.

    • Category 3: tenure track or tenured members, with annual income up to $70,000.00, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $35.00 per year.

    • Category 4: tenure track or tenured members, with annual income between $70,000.00 and $100,000.00, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $40.00 per year.

    • Category 5: tenure track or tenured members, with annual income between $100,000.00 and $130,000.00, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $45.00 per year.

    • Category 6: tenure track or tenured members, annual income more than $130,000.00, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $50.00 per year.
  • 23 May 2015 1:23 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited to announce the third NAKS biennial meeting at Emory University on May 27-29, 2016. Our host will be Prof. Dilek Huseyinzadegan, and we are very grateful for the generous support from her department and the whole University, which is receiving us with enthusiasm and generosity. Although our national conference was supposed to take place in 2015, we decided to postpone the event for a year in order to avoid any conflict with the International Kant Congress in Vienna and increase the chances of full participation from our members in both events. Over the next few months, there will be a formal call for papers, but we wanted to share this exciting news as you make plans for the immediate and longer term future. 

  • 23 May 2015 1:22 AM | Anonymous

    As Chair of the Advisory Board, I am pleased to report the unanimous election of Pablo Muchnik as President, Helga Varden as Vice-President, and Robert Hanna as Treasurer, all to three-year terms commencing July 15, 2014.  On behalf of all the members of the Board and all NAKS members, I express our congratulations to them and our gratitude for their willingness to serve and to continue to serve the Society.The Advisory Board also expresses its deepest gratitude to Robert Louden for his exceptional service as President for the past two terms, and wishes him all the best for the future.

    Members of the Advisory Board perform the important services of recruiting candidates for the offices of the Society (Presidency, Vice-Presidency, and Treasury) and supervising the triennial elections, as well as occasionally advising the officers on other matters and serving on prize committees.  While the members of the Society owe their greatest debt to the outstanding officers whose unremitting work has made the Society flourish in the three decades since its inception, the work of the Advisory Board in making sure that such officers are available should not go unnoticed.  At this juncture, we would like to thank long-serving members of the Advisory Board who have recently taken Emeritus status, including Henry Allison, Rhoda Kotzin, Manfred Kuehn (the first Bibliographer of the Society), Ralf Meerbote, and Hoke Robinson, all of whom have served the Society so well all that time.  We would also like to remember two original members of the Advisory Board, Anthony Genova and Nelson Potter, who have passed away in recent years.  And we are delighted to welcome the following new members of the Board, who will help ensure that the Society thrives for another generation:

    Patricia Kitcher, Roberta and William Campbell Professor of the Humanities, Columbia University: author of Kant's Transcendental Psychology (1990) and Kant's Thinker (2011), as well as of Freud's Dream (1992). Professor Kitcher has previously served as President of the Society.

    Pauline Kleingeld, Professor of Philosophy, University of Groningen: author of Fortschritt und Vernunft: Zur Geschichtsphilosophie Kants (1995), numerous articles on Zum ewigen Frieden, and most recently Kant and Cosmopolitanism (2012), which was awarded the NAKS Senior Scholar Prize. Professor Kleingeld has previously served as President of the Society.

    Robert Louden, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern Maine: author of several volumes on Kantian ethics and especially Kant's Impure Ethics (2000), Professor Louden also co-edited Anthropology, History, and Education (2007) and Lectures on Anthropology (2012) for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant.  His appointment to the Advisory Board becomes effective upon the completion of his second term as President of the Society this coming July.

    Frederick Rauscher, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University: Author of numerous articles on Kant's moral philosophy, Professor Rauscher will shortly publish Human Morality: Naturalism and Realism in Kant's Ethics and Lectures and Drafts on Political Philosophy in the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant.  He has long served the Society as organizer of the Mid-Western Study Group and as liaison to the Kant Society of Brazil.

    Eric Watkins, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego: Professor Watkins's many works include the monograph Kant and Metaphysics of Causality (2005); the edited volumes Kant the Sciences (2000), Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: Background Source Materials (2009), The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature (2013); and Kant's Theory of Biology (2014).  He also edited Kant's Scientific Writings (2012) for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant.  He has previously served the Society in several terms as Vice-President.

    With thanks to all for the past and future service,

    Paul Guyer 

  • 23 May 2015 1:19 AM | Anonymous

    NAKS is pleased to anounce the second, and now annual, Book Prize for Senior Scholars competition. This prize will be awarded for an outstanding book dealing with any aspect of Kant’s philosophy. Submissions will be judged by a panel consisting of members drawn from the NAKS Advisory Board, and the winner will receive a prize of $500. Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2014 (for books published from January, 2013 to December, 2014). The Awards Committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted.

    Eligibility rules:

    • Only single-authored monographs or collections of essays written in English will be considered.
    • “Senior” is defined here as: “40 or older (regardless of tenure status), or tenured (regardless of age).”
    • Authors must be members of NAKS at the time of submission.
    • Submission must be made by the publisher, and three (3) copies of the book must be submitted to NAKS. (Submissions should be sent to: Prof. Pablo Muchnik, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, 9th Floor (#907), Boston, MA 02116-4624. 
    • Current NAKS Executive and/or Advisory Board Members are not eligible to compete for the prize.

  • 23 May 2015 1:17 AM | Anonymous

    The North American Kant Society is pleased to announce the sixth annual Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize competition. This prize will be awarded for the best essay on any topic that demonstrates the continued relevance of Kant’s philosophy. Essays must be single-authored, previously unpublished (work under consideration or forthcoming will be considered), and cannot exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes).

    The Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize is the natural continuation of the existing Markus Herz Prize, which is awarded to the best graduate student submission to the NAKS study groups. The intention behind the Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize is to help promote original Kantian or Kant-inspired philosophical work of scholars in the early stages of their careers. Submissions will be blind-reviewed and judged by members of a review committee drawn from the NAKS Executive and Advisory Boards. The deadline for submitting is January 15, 2015.

    Eligibility rules:

    • The essay must be written in English, single-authored, and has not been published by January 15, 2014.
    • “Junior” is defined here as: “PhD in hand; and 40 or younger (regardless of tenure status), or non-tenured (regardless of age).”
    • Authors must be members of NAKS at the time of submission.

    Please send entries electronically to: Pablo Muchnik (pablo_muchnik@emerson.edu) and Helga Varden (hvarden@illinois.edu). Entries should be submitted in Word format and state the word count at the end. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter containing a three-part declaration stating that: (i) the essay has not been published by January 15, 2014, (ii) the author already has a PhD in hand, and is either 40 years of age or younger (regardless of employment status) or non-tenured (regardless of age), and (iii) the author is a member of NAKS in good standing. The winner will be announced on June 15 and will receive a prize of $500. The Award Committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted.

  • 23 May 2015 1:14 AM | Anonymous

    Call for Translators

    Kant’s Sources in Translation is a new series being published by Bloomsbury. Its goal is to provide the background essential to understanding the genesis of Kant’s thought by bringing together English language editions of the works that influenced Kant’s philosophical development.

    The first two translations are due out next year, Preparation for Natural Theology by Johann August Eberhard (Translated by Courtney Fugate and John Hymers) and Excerpts from the Doctrine of Reason by Georg Friedrich Meier (Translated by Aaron Bunch in collaboration with Axel Gelfert and Riccardo Pozzo).
    We are now looking for skilled translators of Latin and German to translate future titles planned for the series, making these influential works accessible in English, often for the first time. This would involve working on texts including:

    • Jus naturae inusum auditorium by Gottfried Achenwall
    • Initia philosophiae practicae primae acroamatice by Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten
    • Ethica philosophica by Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten.

    Translators will be paid a fee and royalties on both the hardback and paperback edition. If you are interested in translating for the series and would like to discuss the role further, please contact Colleen Coalter, Philosophy Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury: colleen.coalter@bloomsbury.com

    Series Editors

    Lawrence Pasternack, Oklahoma State University

    Pablo Muchnik, Emerson College

  • 23 May 2015 1:09 AM | Anonymous

    Editor: Richard Aquila

    Editorial Assistant: Alexandros Koutsoukis

     

    1. Articles
    2. Review Essay
    3. Book Reviews
    4. Books Received

     

    Articles

    Biss, Mavis

    “Kantian Moral Striving”

     

    Land, Thomas

    “Nonconceptualist Readings of Kant and the Transcendental Deduction”

     

    Oberst, Michael

    “Two Worlds and Two Aspects: On Kant’s Distinction between Things in Themselves and Appearances”

     

    Papish, Laura

    “Kant on the Independence of the Moral Law from Sensibility”

     

    Smith, Simon

    “Kant’s Mathematical Sublime and the Role of the Infinite: Reply to Crowther”

     

    Review Essay

    Vinci, Thomas

    Review Essay: Wayne Waxman, Kant’s Anatomy of the Intelligent Mind

     

    Book Reviews

    Robert N. Johnson, Self- Improvement: An Essay in Kantian Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

    By: Anne Margaret Baxley

     

    Vicki A. Spencer, Herder’s Political Thought: A Study of Language, Culture, and Community (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012)

    By: Jordan Pascoe

     

    David Archard, Monique Deveaux, Neil Manson, and Daniel Weinstock (eds.), Reading Onora O’Neill (London and New York: Routledge, 2013)

    By: Melissa Seymour Fahmy

     

    Carla Bagnoli (ed.), Constructivism in Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

    By: Richard Dean

     

    Carol Hay, Kantianism, Liberalism, and Feminism: Resisting Oppression (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2013)

    By: Dilek Huseyinzadegan

     

    David James, Rousseau and German Idealism: Freedom, Dependence and Necessity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

    By: Jeppe von Platz

     

    Christopher J. Insole, Kant and the Creation of Freedom: A Theological Problem (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

    By: Lawrence Pasternack

     

    Heather M. Roff, Global Justice, Kant and the Responsibility to Protect: A Provisional Duty (London: Routledge, 2013)

    By: Howard Williams

     

    Kristi Sweet, Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

    By: Eric Entrican Wilson

     

    Rudolf Langthaler, Geschichte, Ethik und Religion im Anschluss an Kant: Philosophische Perspektiven “zwischen skeptischer Hoffnungslosigkeit und dogmatischem Trotz” (Berlin: de Gruyter 2014)

    By: Georg Cavallar

  • 23 May 2015 1:03 AM | Anonymous

    Ernst Wolfgang Orth, Trier
    Nachruf auf Thomas Mulvany Seebohm — 1

    Abhandlungen

    Reinhard Brandt, Marburg
    Kants Revolutionen — 3

    Thomas Buchheim, München
    Die Idee des Existierenden und der Raum. Vernunfthintergründe einer Welt äußerer Dinge nach Schellings Darstellung des Naturprocesses von 1843/44 — 36

    Berichte und Diskussionen

    Die Würde des Menschen – Human Dignity — 67

    Beiträge eines Symposiums

    zu Oliver Sensen, Kant on Human Dignity

    Dieter Schönecker, Siegen
    Bemerkungen zu Oliver Sensen, Kant on Human Dignity, Chapter 1 — 68

    Jochen Bojanowski, Groningen/Urbana, IL
    Kant on Human Dignity. A Response to Oliver Sensen — 78

    Heiner F. Klemme, Halle/S.
    „die vernünftige Natur existirt als Zweck an sich selbst.“ Überlegungen zu Oliver Sensens Interpretation der Menschheitsformel in der Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten — 88

    Stefano Bacin, Milano
    Kant’s Idea of Human Dignity: Between Tradition and Originality — 97

    Oliver Sensen, New Orleans/LA
    Kant on Human Dignity reconsidered. A reply to my critics — 107

    Buchbesprechungen

    Cora Wawrzinek: Die „wahre Republik“ und das „Bündel von Kompromissen“. (O. Cubo) — 130

    Andree Hahmann: Kritische Metaphysik der Substanz. Kant im Widerspruch zu Leibniz. (R. Pozzo) — 134

    The Cambridge Companion to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Ed. by Paul Guyer. (A. Bozzo) — 136

    Salomon Maimon: Essay on Transcendental Philosophy. Transl. by N. Midgley, H. Somers-Hall, A. Welchman, and M. Reglitz. (G. Freudenthal) — 142

    Ana Marta González: Culture as Meditation: Kant on Nature, Culture and Morality. (N. Sánchez Madrid) — 145

    Immanuel Kant: Der einzig mögliche Beweisgrund zu einer Demonstration des Daseins Gottes. Historisch-kritische Edition. Hrsg. von Lothar Kreimendahl und Michael Oberhausen. (R. Theis) — 148

    Michael Städtler: Kant und die Aporetik moderner Subjektivität. Zur Verschränkung historischer und systematischer Momente im Begriff der Selbstbestimmung. (P. Heintel) — 155

    Steffi Schadow: Achtung für das Gesetz. Moral und Motivation bei Kant. (J. Noller) — 160

    Mitteilung

    Biblioteca Immanuel Kant — 165

  • 23 May 2015 1:02 AM | Anonymous

    Editors:

    Christian Onof

    Dennis Schulting

    Jacco Verburgt

     

    Critique is a group blog, whose goal it is to publish critical assessments of recent monographs on Kant, Kantianism, and German Idealism and related topics or areas (e.g. Romanticism, neo-Kantianism, transcendental philosophy in general etc.). Critique publishes primarily online book symposia where the author of a recent monograph, or any single-authored work of scholarly importance, in the field of Kant or German Idealism scholarship, meets his or her critics. It aims at establishing a closer link between readership and authors, supporting scholarly debate at an international level by means of regular virtual Author Meets Critics sessions. In particular, Critique wants to highlight the published work of younger scholars. Occasionally, we also post review essays on new works. All contributions are by invitation only.

    The site can be found here: http://virtualcritique.wordpress.com/

    Since September 2013, we have posted critical essays by a host of Kant scholars on recent monographs by Robert Clewis, Chiba Kiyoshi, Jennifer Mensch, Giuseppe Motta, Stefanie Grüne, Katerina Deligiorgi, and Sally Sedgwick. For 2015 and 2016, discussions are scheduled for the following books:

    Dalia Nassar, The Romantic Absolute. Being and Knowing in Early Romantic German Philosophy, 1795-1804 (Chicago UP 2014)

     

    Critics: Richard Fincham (AUC Cairo) and Reed Winegar (Fordham)

     

    Corey Dyck, Kant and Rational Psychology (Oxford UP, 2014)

     

    Critics: Andrew Brook (Carleton) and Toni Kannisto (Oslo)

     

    Kristi Sweet, Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History (Cambridge UP, 2013)

     

    Critics: Stefano Bacin (Milan) and Kate Moran (Brandeis)

     

    Sorin Baiasu, Kant and Sartre. Re-Discovering Critical Ethics (Palgrave, 2011)

     

    Critics: Sacha Golob (KCL) and Christian Skirke (UvA, Amsterdam)

     

    Courtney Fugate, The Teleology of Reason. A Study of the Structure of Kant’s Critical Philosophy (de Gruyter, 2014)

     

    Critics: Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown) and Marcel Quarfood (Stockholm)

     

    Lawrence Pasternack, Kant’s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: an Interpretation and Defense (Routledge, 2013)

     

    Critics: Christopher Insole (Durham) and Allen Wood (Indiana) 

     

    Omri Boehm, Kant’s Critique of Spinoza (Oxford UP, 2014)

     

    Critics: Sebastian Gardner (UCL) and Nick Stang (Toronto)

     

    Bryan Hall, The Post-Critical Kant: Understanding the Critical Philosophy through the Opus postumum (Routledge, 2014)

     

    Critics: Jeffrey Edwards (Stony Brook, NY) and Kenneth Westphal (Boğaziçi, Istanbul)

     

    Christopher Insole, Kant and the Creation of Freedom. A Theological Problem (Oxford UP, 2013)

     

    Critics: David Sussman (Illinois/Urbana-Champaign) and more tbc


    Nathaniel Goldberg, Kantian Conceptual Geography (Oxford UP, 2015)

     

    Critics: John Callanan (KCL) and Andrew Stephenson (Oxford)

     

    Silvan Imhof, Der Grund der Subjektivität. Motive und Potenzial von Fichtes Ansatz (Schwabe, 2014)

     

    Critics: Daniel Breazeale (Kentucky) and more tba.

     

    Stephen Palmquist, Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)

     

    Critics: tba

     

    Lucy Allais, Manifest Reality: Kant’s Idealism and his Realism (Oxford UP, 2015)

    Critics: tba

     

    If you would like your book (monograph or any single-authored book that has scholarly relevance), published after 2010 and whose topic falls within the scope of our aims, to be considered for a book symposium, please let us know by sending a request for consideration to the email address provided below. Books written in either English, German, Italian, or French are eligible, but all postings will be in either English or German. If you wish to send your book to us, please contact us first by email so that we can provide you with the postal address of the appropriate editor.

     

    We also invite potential discussants who have expertise in any area of Kant scholarship, Kantianism and/or German Idealism, have a Ph.D. in Philosophy and are currently active in research, and generally publish in English, to contact us by sending an email to: ds196901@gmail.com

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