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  • 17 Jun 2015 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015-2016 Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant lecturer is Onora O’Neill (University of Cambridge). O’Neill will present her lecture at the 2016 Central Division meeting in Chicago, IL.

    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 can be found here:

    http://www.apaonline.org/news/news.asp?id=230972

  • 17 Jun 2015 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The judges for the 2015 Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize are pleased to announce that the winner for this year’s competition is Mavis Biss, author of “Kantian Moral Striving.”

    Mavis Biss completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 and is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. She specializes in moral philosophy, with particular focus on Kantian ethics and conceptions of moral imagination. Her recent publications include: “Radical Moral Imagination: Courage, Hope and Articulation,” Hypatia (2013), “Moral Imagination, Perception and Judgment,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy (2014), and “Empathy and Interrogation,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy (2014). Her current work deals with the ideal of moral self-perfection in Kant’s ethics and the complexities of rational agency in the face of contested moral meaning.

    Abstract for “Kant’s Moral Striving:”

    The paper focuses on a single question that highlights some of the most puzzling aspects of Kant’s explanation of the duty of moral self-perfection. What kinds of activity count as striving for purity in one’s disposition to duty or strength of will? I argue that a dominant strand of Kant’s approach to moral striving does not fit familiar models of striving. I seek to address this problem in a way that avoids the flaws of synchronic and atomistic approaches to moral self-discipline by developing an account of Kantian moral striving as an ongoing contemplative activity complexly engaged with multiple forms of self-knowledge.

    The judges for the 2015 Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize also gave an honorable mention to Reed Winegar for his “Kant's Criticisms of Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion.”

    Reed Winegar is an assistant professor of philosophy at Fordham University. He received his BA from Harvard in 2005 and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. In 2015/16 he will be a VolkwagenStiftung/ Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Freie Universität in Berlin. His essay "Kant's Criticisms of Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion" is forthcoming in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. Other published work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in the Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Hegel Bulletin, and Journal of Scottish Philosophy. His current research focuses on Kant's criticisms of metaphysics and on issues in Kant's 3rd Critique.

    Abstract for “Kant’s Criticisms of Hume’s Diaglogues concerning Natural Religion:”

    According to recent commentators, Kant agrees with Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion (1) that physico-theology can never provide knowledge of God and (2) that the concept of God, nevertheless, provides a useful heuristic principle for scientific enquiry. This paper argues that Kant, far from agreeing with Hume, criticizes Hume's Dialogues for failing to prove that physico-theology can never yield knowledge of God and that Kant correctly views Hume's Dialogues as a threat to, rather than an anticipation of, his own view that the concept of God provides a useful heuristic principle for science. The paper concludes that Kant's critique of physico-theology reflects Kant's deep dissatisfaction with Hume's manner of argumentation and suggests that Kant's attempt to provide a more successful critique of physico-theology merits continued philosophical attention.

    Both essays can be found in the members-only section of our website under “Sellars Prize”.    

  • 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

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