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  • 29 Sep 2016 5:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cambridge University Press is pleased to offer a 20% discount to NAKS members on its Kant titles. to browse titles and order, visit www.cambridge.org/NAKS16 .

  • 29 Sep 2016 5:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After several decades of invaluable service, Paul Guyer has stepped down as President of the Advisory Board. On behalf of all members of the NAKS community, we want to express our sincerest gratitude for his steady and wise leadership over many years. Thank you!!!

    NAKS is also very happy to announce that Eric Watkins (UC San Diego) has agreed to be the new President of the Advisory Board. Eric served as Vice President of NAKS from 1998-2007, founded and co-organized the Pacific Study Group of NAKS from 2002-2012, and was appointed to the NAKS Advisory Board in 2014. He was a secondary editor of the Kant-Lexikon (2015), and has been a member of the Kant Komission of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences since 2012. He has written, translated, or edited Kant and the Sciences (2001), Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality (2005), Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: Background Source Materials (2009), Immanuel Kant: Natural Science (2012), The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives (2013), and Kant's Theory of Biology (2014). He has received fellowships from the NEH, NSF, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

  • 29 Sep 2016 5:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAKS would also like to express its sincere gratitude to the outgoing treasurer—Prof. Robert Hanna—for his great service to NAKS over the past many years. Thank you!

    NAKS is also very happy to announce that Professor Anne Margaret Baxley has accepted the invitation to serve as the new treasurer for NAKS. Baxley (Ph.D. UC-San Diego) is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches courses on Kant, the history of ethics, and ethical theory. Her book entitled Kant’s Theory of Virtue: The Value of Autocracy was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. She is currently working on a set of papers concerning Kant’s views on happiness and wellbeing. Baxley has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center and The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute at Tulane. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Association of University Women. Her articles on Kant’s practical philosophy have appeared in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, Kant-Studien, The Review of Metaphysics, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Inquiry, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

  • 29 Sep 2016 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAKS is very happy to announce that Lucy Allais has won the NAKS book prize for 2016 for her Manifest Reality: Kant’s Idealism and his Realism.

    Lucy Allais is jointly appointed as Henry Allison Chair of the History of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, California and Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). She did her undergraduate degree at Wits and post graduate degrees in Oxford. Her work on Kant has focussed on his transcendental idealism and issues to do with conceptualism in his epistemology, though she has also published on Kant on giving to beggars and on Kant’s racism. She also works on forgiveness as well as related issues to do with punishmentShe is currently working on Kant’s account of free will and the relation between this and issues to do with moral psychology and forgiveness. Her articles include ‘Kant, Non-Conceptual Content and the Representation of Space,’ Journal of the History of Philosophy, 2009, 47, no. 3, pp 383–413, “Kant’s Idealism and the Secondary Quality Analogy,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 45, no. 3,  2007, pp 459-84, “Wiping the slate clean: The Heart of Forgiveness,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 2008, 36(1) pp 33–68, “Retributive Justice, Restorative Justice, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 39 (4), 2011 and “Freedom and Forgiveness” Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, volume 2 edited by Neal Tognazzini and David Shoemaker, 2014.

    Manifest Reality presents an interpretation of Kant’s transcendental idealism. One its central aims is to find a way of understanding Kant’s position that does justice to his being an idealist—his holding that physical objects in space and time depend on our minds in some sense and to some extent—at the same time as accommodating his explicit rejection of understanding this mind-dependence as anything like Berkelean idealism which sees physical objects as existing as constructions out of what exists merely in the mind. Further, the book aims to do this in a way that accommodates Kant’s holding that the things that appear to us have a way they are in themselves, independently of us, that grounds the way they appear to us, and which we cannot cognize. Finally, it aims to present an interpretation that illuminates the connections between transcendental idealism and Kant’s account of cognition, with respect to both empirical and metaphysical cognition. The book is divided into three parts. The first part goes through the basic textual claims Kant makes concerning transcendental idealism, as well as summarizing and responding to the main competing interpretations in the literature. Allais argues that the abundance of apparent textual evidence as well as philosophical considerations that can be appealed to in support of opposing interpretative extremes, as well as the fact that both have serious problems, seems to keep the literature in a state of oscillation between them. Many extreme idealist interpreters are rightly dissatisfied with deflationary readings that cannot do justice to the parts of the text in which Kant expresses his idealism; they frequently seem to assume that the only way to do justice to these texts is through seeing Kant as a phenomenalist. On the other hand, many deflationary and bare empirical realist interpreters are rightly dissatisfied with interpretations that see Kant as a phenomenalist, and from this they conclude that he is not an idealist.  She argues that to reach a stable interpretation we need an account of idealism that is not phenomenalist and that does justice to Kant’s empirical realism, and we need an account of what it means to say that things have a way they are in themselves which does not involve a commitment to intelligibilia.

    The second part of the book presents Allais’s positive account of the nature of the mind-dependence of Kantian appearances, as well as her account of Kant’s argument for the position. It also presents, as a central part of her approach, her way of understanding Kant’s central notion of intuition, the role intuition plays in cognition, and the relation between this and Kant’s idealism. The third part of the book presents Allais’s reading of Kant’s commitment to there being a way things are in themselves and the relation between this and his idealism about appearances as well as his empirical realism. She presents an account of his argument in the Transcendental Deduction of the Categories, one part of which she sees as compatible with realism, and as well as an account of the relation between Kant’s idealism and his explanation of the possibility of metaphysics. She sees the Deduction as containing an epistemological argument for the claim that applying the categories is a condition of referential empirical concept application. Kant then is able to convert this conditional claim about those objects we can cognize to a claim about all objects in space and time because he has already established that objects in space and time are limited to the conditions of our cognizing them. Thus, on her reading of the argument, transcendental idealism is not an explanation of cognition of synthetic a priori judgments in general. Rather, the explanation of the possibility of synthetic a priori cognition in geometry is a priori intuition. The idea of a priori intuition, and the role it plays in organising empirical intuition, leads to transcendental idealism. This has implications for how we understand the idealism, because it enables us to take seriously the role of the idealism in explaining the possibility of metaphysics without taking the explanation to be that it is because our minds ‘make’ objects in certain ways that we can know a priori claims about objects. Rather, the synthetic a priori claims are established as conditional claims about the conditions of empirical cognition; they are converted into unconditional claims about spatio-temporal objects once we grant that spatio-temporal objects do not exist independent of the possibility of our cognizing them.

  • 23 Apr 2016 5:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oxford University Press is pleased to offer North American Kant Society members an exclusive 30% discount on all titles. Take advantage of this exclusive discount by entering promo-code AAFLYG6 at checkout when purchasing books from global.oup.com/philosophy

  • 23 Apr 2016 5:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2016-17 Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant Lecturer is Beatrice Longueness (New York University). Longueness will present her lecture at the 2017 Eastern Division meeting of the APA in Baltimore.

    De Gruyter has a long history of publishing Kant scholarship and embraces philosophical work in the Kantian tradition in the broadest sense. The de Gruyter Stiftung explicitly intends the Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant lecture series to be open to a broad approach to Kantian philosophy across the philosophical disciplines. This may also include contemporary philosophical work in the Kantian tradition. The Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant lecture series is offered every year at a divisional meeting on a rotating basis.

    More information about Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant Lecturer can be found here:


  • 15 Dec 2015 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAKS is very happy to announce that the winner of the 2015 NAKS Markus Herz Award Naomi Fischer.

    Naomi recently defended her dissertation, entitled "Kant, Schelling, and a New Philosophy of Nature" at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation explores themes of the the activity, nature, and cognition in Kant and Schelling, and applies lessons learned from this period to contemporary philosophical debates. She will receive her degree in January 2016, and beginning in Fall 2016 she will be an Assistant Professor at Clark University. 

    Abstract: "Kant on Animals"

    Kant’s Critical philosophy seems to leave very little room for accounting for the mental lives of animals, since the understanding is required for experience and cognition. While Kant does not regard animals as Cartesian machines, he leaves them very little resources for getting around in the world in a coherent and responsive way. In this paper I present Kant’s account of animal minds. According to this picture, animals have representations of which they are not conscious, and these representations can give rise to inclinations through a form of reflection. While this account is impressive in its ingenuity, and it clarifies the role of various faculties and terms in the critical philosophy, it is ultimately unsatisfactory in accounting for the variety and complexity of animal behavior, as well as the gradual emergence of rationality. 

  • 24 Sep 2015 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The North American Kant Society is pleased to announce the seventh  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.

    Deadline of submission: January 15, 2016.Wil

    Eligibility rules:

    ·        The essay must be written in English, single-authored, and has not been published by January 15, 2016.

    ·        “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


    Entries should be submitted in Wordformat 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, 2016, (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.

  • 24 Sep 2015 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAKS is pleased to anounce the third (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, 2015 (for books published from January 1 through December 31, 2015). The Awards Committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted. 

    Eligibility rules:

    1.)   Only single-authored monographs or collections of essays written in English will be considered.

    2.)   Authors must be members of NAKS at the time of submission.

    3.)   Senior" is defined here as: "40 or older (regardless of tenure status), or tenured (regardless of age).”

    4.)   Current NAKS Executive and/or Advisory Board Members are not eligible to compete for the prize.

    5.)   Submission must be made by the publisher, and four (4) copies of the book must be submitted to NAKS, via:

    Prof. Pablo Muchnik

    Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

    Emerson College

    120 Boylston Street, 9th Floor (#907)

    Boston, MA 02116-4624.

  • 24 Sep 2015 3:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAKS is very happy to announce that the winner of the 2015 NAKS Book Prize is Julian Wuerth, author of Kant on Mind, Action, & Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014).

    Julian Wuerth is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He earned his BA from the University of Chicago in 1993 and his PhD from the University of Pennsylviania in 2000. His publications include “Kant’s Immediatism, Pre-Critique,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (2006); “The Paralogisms of Pure Reason,” The Cambridge Companion to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (2010); “Sense and Sensibility in Kant’s Practical Agent: Against the Intellectualism of Korsgaard and Sidgwick,” European Journal of Philosophy; and Kant on Mind, Action, and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014). He co-edited, with Lawrence Jost, Perfecting Virtue: New Essays on Kantian Ethics and Virtue Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2011).  He is at work on What Should I Do?: Kant’s Ethics, for the five-book Routledge series, Kant’s Questions.  He is also editing The Cambridge Kant Lexicon.

    In Kant on Mind, Action, and Ethics, Wuerth offers radically new conclusions about Kant’s Critical philosophy that are grounded in striking new evidence drawn from across a broad range of sources from Kant’s philosophical corpus.  Wuerth argues that as the author of a Copernican revolution in philosophy, Kant famously grounds his philosophy in his account of the self. More than two centuries later, however, his account of the self remains a mystery.  Unsurprisingly, this has frustrated progress in interpretations of key areas of his philosophy: his transcendental idealism, his philosophy as a system, his rejection of rational psychology, his theory of action, and, of course, his ethics.  

    Wuerth begins with an examination of Kant’s ontology of the self. Here he traces key developments in Kant’s account of substance, his transcendental idealism, and his rejection of rational psychology across Kant’s published and unpublished recorded thought before, in, and after the Critique. Against traditional interpretations, Wuerth also argues that Kant’s considered view is that the soul is a simple substance. But here Wuerth resists the temptation to peremptorily dismiss Kant’s view as pre-critical. He instead uncovers distinctions in meaning, rooted in Kant’s transcendental idealism, which reconcile Kant’s ontology of the self with his rejection of rational psychology. Kant is shown to single out and reject only the determinate layers of meaning of these conclusions: substance no longer implies permanence, simplicity no longer implies incorruptibility, and conclusions of our soul’s immortality are no longer forthcoming. 

    The book next turns to Kant’s notoriously difficult yet central account of the mind’s powers and their interrelations, as presented by Kant across his recorded thought. Here Wuerth provides a map of this mind. He then locates key parts of Kant’s grand system of philosophy on this map, highlighting their respective functions and interworkings.  Wuerth next underscores a key feature of this map of the mind’s powers of cognition, feeling, desire, and choice: the irreducibility of sensible and intellectual desires. That is, Kant defends the view that we have two irreducible kinds of conative currency: sensible and intellectual. With this irreducibility comes the coherence of immoral choice. And with the coherence of immoral choice comes the inviability of constructivist interpretations of Kant. Indeed, it is precisely because Kant recognizes that immoral choices are coherent that his ethics celebrates virtue, as strength of will, and that he enjoins us to develop our character and cultivate our cognitions, feelings, and desires. In keeping with Kant’s Enlightenment call to have the courage to think for ourselves, he anchors the moral law in nothing less than our recognition of its authority. Here Wuerth identifies a single, unifying strategy across Kant’s many explanations of the categorical imperative. This “Elimination of Sensibility Procedure,” as Wuerth calls it, builds on Kant’s distinction in kind between sensibility and understanding. By first systematically rejecting sensibility as the possible source of a moral law or good will, Kant isolates reason and its message, the categorical imperative.

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