Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 01 Jul 2014
    • 28 Aug 2014
    • University of Leuven


    November  28–29, 2014

    University of Leuven

    Invited speakers:       

    • Stefan Bird-Pollan (University of Kentucky)
    • James Kreines (Claremont McKenna College)
    • Gertrudis Van de Vijver (University of Ghent)
    • Lea Ypi (London School of Economics)

    Whereas Descartes, Spinoza and their followers discarded the Aristotelian idea of purposiveness, Kant realized that a purely mechanistic account of the world failed to satisfy the demands of pure reason. Reintroducing the idea of purposiveness in modern philosophy, he again granted thought the capacity to conceive of a manifold as an organized whole, albeit not without qualifying the idea of purposiveness as merely subjective. Kant’s various discussions of purposiveness in the Critique of Judgment and other texts have been the subject of much debate. However, much less attention has been paid to the impact of the idea of purposiveness on the development of German Idealism. In this regard, three elements of Kant’s thought seem to be particularly relevant. First, the idea of purposiveness allowed Kant, in the Critique of Judgment, to conceive of the various parts of his critical philosophy as a unity. Second, this idea can be said to inform his conception of moral self-determination in the Critique of Practical Reason. Third, the idea of purposiveness seems to underlie the account of the human faculties in the Critique of Pure Reason as well as Kant’s conception of a system of pure reason in this work. There is no doubt that Fichte, Schelling and Hegel developed their philosophical systems by drawing on one or more of these elements. It is less clear, however, how exactly they appropriated and modified Kant’s views. Addressing Kant’s critical philosophy as a whole rather than the third Critique alone, the conference aims to investigate Kant’s multi-faceted conception of purposiveness and, on that basis, trace its further development and transformation in German Idealism.

    The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (about 500 words) should be sent in MSWord as attachment to

    Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. Name, paper title, institutional position, affiliation and email address should be included in the body of the email.

    Submission deadline: August 28, 2014

    Notification of acceptance by September 10, 2014.

    Please note that the organizers will not be able to provide funding for travel or accommodation.

    Organizers: Karin de Boer (Leuven), Gesa Wellmann (Leuven), Henning Tegtmeyer (Leuven), Geert van Eekert (Antwerp), and Gertrudis Van de Vijver (Ghent).

    • 01 Jul 2014
    • 15 Jan 2015
    • Georgetown University


    The Eastern Study Group of the NAKS invites submissions for its 12th annual meeting, which will take place at Georgetown University (Washington, DC) on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2015. Our hosts this year are Professors Huaping Lu-Adler and Karen Stohr.

    Keynote speakers:

    • Henry Allison, University of California, San Diego and Boston University, TBD.
    • Tamar Shapiro, Stanford University, TBD.

    The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 15, 2015. Please send all papers electronically to the organizer, Professor Oliver Thorndike,

    Submissions should be prepared for blind review and be limited to 5,000 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Please prepare your file in PDF format, and include both an abstract of a maximum of 300 words and a word count at the end of the paper. Abstracts without the accompanying submission will not be considered. When pertinent, please indicate whether you are a graduate student in the body of the text. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word file.

    The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (contemporary or historically oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. Reading time is limited to 30 minutes. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize awarded by NAKS. Women, minorities, and graduate students are encouraged to submit.

    Papers already read at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing. Selected papers are eligible to be considered for inclusion in the book series Rethinking Kant, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishers.

    Papers will be posted in the “members only” section of the NAKS website and circulated in advance among participants, who are expected to have read them at the time of the conference.

    ENAKS receives support from NAKS and host universities. Earlier programs are available in our website:

    For questions about ENAKS or the upcoming meeting, please contact

    • 02 Oct 2014
    • 04 Oct 2014
    • Simon Frazer



    Simon Fraser University

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    October 2 – 4, 2014

    We invite submission of abstracts proposing a paper to be given at a conference on themes related to Kant’s and Kantian conceptions of freedom at Simon Fraser University on October 2 – 4, 2014. The aim of the conference is to bring together historical and contemporary approaches to Kant’s theory of freedom. We encourage submissions, from both approaches, on any aspect of Kant’s theory of freedom, including the metaphysics and epistemology of freedom and agency, the role of freedom in Kant’s and Kantian ethical theory and moral psychology, the relation between the theoretical and practical roles and conceptions of freedom, and related topics. Confirmed participants include:

    Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern)

    Patricia Kitcher (Columbia)

    Derk Pereboom (Cornell)

    Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh)

    Eric Watkins (UC San Diego)

    Abstracts should be between 500 and 1000 words and prepared for blind review. They must be emailed to no later than June 30th, 2014. The body of the email should include the author’s name and paper title. All authors will be notified of a decision no later than August 1st, 2014.

    The organizers of the conference intend to propose a volume of essays on the basis of the conference papers. Submission of an abstract constitutes permission to include the author’s paper in the proposed volume unless otherwise indicated.

    The organizers especially encourage submissions from members of groups underrepresented in academic philosophy. Furthermore, two $500 travel stipends are available for graduate students accepted for inclusion in the conference.

    Organizers: Evan Tiffany ( and Dai Heide ( Please direct all inquiries to one or both of the organizers at the listed email addresses.

    • 25 Oct 2014
    • 26 Oct 2014
    • University of St. Louis

    The Midwest Study Group of NAKS invites submission for its Fall 2014 meeting to be held October 25-26th at Washington University in St. Louis (hosted by Anne Margaret Baxley). 

    Keynote:  Andrews Reath will be the keynote speaker for the meeting.

    Guidelines: Submissions should be prepared for blind review. Please send contact information in a separate document, indicating whether you are a graduate student. The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (both contemporary and historically oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors.  Reading time is limited to 30 minutes and submissions should not exceed 25 pages. 

    Graduate student submissions are encouraged. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize awarded by NAKS.    Papers already presented at other NAKS study groups or meetings are not eligible for submission.  Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing.  Selected papers are eligible to be considered for inclusion in the book series Rethinking Kant, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishers.  Papers selected for presentation may be posted in the “members only” section of the NAKS website and circulated in advance among participants.

    Deadline:  The deadline for submissions is July 1st, 2014.

    Notification of acceptance is August 15, 2014.  Papers should be submitted to Anne Margaret Baxley at:

    • 15 Nov 2014
    • 16 Nov 2014
    • California State University

    November 15-16, 2014

    California State University, Northridge

    Schedule to be announced, though it will most likely include papers from Colin Marshall (University of Washington), Richard Dean (California State University, Los Angeles), Kristi Sweet (Texas A&M University), Lawrence Pasternack (Oklahoma State University), and, as a keynote speaker, Patricia Kitcher (Columbia University).

    The program will include one spot for a paper submitted by a graduate student; the author of the accepted paper will receive a stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize offered by the NAKS. Works on any area of Kant’s philosophy are welcome, though papers read at other NAKS meetings will not be accepted. The deadline for submissions is July 14, 2014. Authors will be provided a decision by mid-August. Please send papers to: Robert Gressis,

    • 28 Dec 2014
    • 29 Dec 2014
    • Philadelphia, PA


    Session I: Author-meets-critics on Jennifer Mensch’s Kant’s Organicism: Epigeneis and the Development of Critical Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

    Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 (TBD)


    • Guenter Zoeller, University of Munich, "Metaphor or Method? Jennifer Mensch’s Organic Kant Interpretation"
    • John Zammito, Rice University, “Bringing Biology Back In”
    • Jennifer Mensch, University of Waterloo, “Genealogy and Critique in Kant's Organic History of Reason”


    • Pablo Muchnik, Emerson College

    Session II: Kant on Education

                Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 (TBD)


    • Chris Surprenant, University of New Orleans, "Kant’s Moral Education and the Cultivation of Virtue"
    • Alix Cohen, University of Edinburgh, “The Role of Feelings in Moral Education”
    • Robert Louden, University of Southern Maine, “‘Total Transformation’: Educational Reform in Basedow and Kant”


    • Lara Ostaric, Temple University

    • 31 Dec 2014
    • n/a


    NAKS is pleased to anounce the second Biennial 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.
    • 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. Robert Louden, Department of Philosophy, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, ME 04104-9300.)
    • “Senior” is defined here as “40 years or older, and either a tenured or independent scholar.”
    • Current NAKS Executive and/or Advisory Board Members are not eligible to compete for the prize.
    • 15 Jan 2015
    • n/a


    The North American Kant Society is pleased to announce the third annual Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize competition.  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 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 deadline for submitting is January 15, 2015.

    Please send entries electronically to: Robert Louden (  and Pablo Muchnik (  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, is 40 years of age or younger, and an untenured scholar, 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
    • 21 Sep 2015
    • 25 Sep 2015
    • University of Vienna


    September 21 -25, 2015

    The 12th International Kant Congress in Vienna is dedicated to the antagonism of nature and freedom, which was not only highly topical in Kant’s times, but also in contemporary discussions. More uncertain than during the Enlightenment in the 18th century is the question to which extent humankind is not only ruled by nature, but whether it is nature itself and to which extent man acts in freedom. The resources of the Kantian thinking are offering significant potential for contemporary interdisciplinary discussions connecting philosophy with natural sciences, medicine, neurology and psychology, law and social sciences. The focus of the Kant Congress 2015 in Vienna is on these issues. Moreover, there are three key topics connected to Vienna: Kant and the Vienna Circle, Kant and phenomenology as well as Kant and his poets. Moreover, in the manifold sections of the congress, the wide range of topics in Kant’s philosophy is taken into account.

    The official languages of the congress are German, English and French.


    • Kant’s Pre-Critical Philosophy
    • Epistemology and Logics
    • History of Science and Nature
    • Teleology
    • Ethics and Moral Philosophy
    • Philosophy of Law and Justice
    • Philosophy of Politics, History and Culture
    • Anthropology and Psychology
    • Religion and Theology
    • Aesthetics
    •  Kant and Pre-Critical Rationalism and Empiricism
    • Kant and his Poets
    •  Kant and German Idealism
    • Kant and the Vienna Circle
    • Kant and Phenomenology
    • Kant and Neo-Kantianism
    • Kant and Eastern Europe
    • Kant and the Traditional Asian Philosophy
    • Kant in Schools
    • Kant in the Present Time

    Registration and submission of papers:

    Submission dates: January 1 – September 15, 2014.

    Please submit a full paper, consisting of max. 8 pages (= 20.000 characters, spaces included) as well as an abstract consisting of ½ page (= 1.000 characters, spaces included) and identify the section your paper refers to clearly. Presentations should not exceed 25 minutes. Papers must be suitable for anonymous review.  Please refrain from making references to your own work or anything obvious that could reveal your identity. Authors will be notified of the review outcome not later than March 1, 2015. Participation in the congress is also possible without a paper.

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