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The Markus Herz Prize

The Markus Herz Prize started in the Fall of 2000. At that point, only the Midwest Study Group existed. Since then, NAKS experienced continuous growth: the Pacific Study Group was formed in 2002, the Eastern Study Group in 2004, and our newest addition, the Southern Study Group, in 2009. The Markus Herz prize is awarded to the best graduate student paper, which is selected from the pool of best student papers presented at each regional meeting.



Prize Winners
  • 2013
Daniel Smyth, "Infinity and Giveness: Kant on the Intuitive Roots of Spatial Representation," presented at the second Biennial NAKS conference at Cornell University in May, 2013.
  • 2012
Mohammad Reza Karim Hadisi, “Kant's Transcendental Arguments, Hegel's Dialectical Method and Pyrrhonism,” presented at the ninth meeting of the Eastern Study Group at Princeton University.
  • 2011
Samuel Kahn (Stanford University), "Conscience," presented at eight meeting of the Eastern Study Group in April 2011 at Boston College.
  • 2010
Ryan Kemp (University of Notre Dame), "The Contingency of Evil,"  presented at the first meeting of the Southern Study Group in March 2010.
  • 2009
James Hebbeler (University of Notre Dame): "Kant on Necessity," presented at the Pacific Study Group (UC Irvine) in October of 2008.  James is now Assistant Professor at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
  • 2008
James Messina (University of California, San Diego): "Spatial Relations, Different Places, and the Possibility of Co-Existence: The First Metaphysical Exposition Revisited," presented at the Pacific Study Group. Messina is now finishing his dissertation.
  • 2007
Clinton Tolley (University of Chicago): "'Umfang' as a Technical Term in Kant's Logic," presented at the Pacific Study Group. Tolley currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego.
  • 2006
Joshua Brown (University of Michigan): "Spatial Infinity and the Intuition of Space," presented at the Pacific Study Group. Brown currently teaches at the University of Houston.
  • 2005
Helga Varden (University of Toronto): "Kant and Dependency-Relations," presented at the Midwest Study Group. Varden currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2004
Bradford Cokelet (Northwestern University): "Individual and Social Dimensions of the Struggle Against Evil in Kant’s Religion," presented at the Midwest Study Group. Crokelet currently teaches at University of Miami.
  • 2002-2003
Desmond Hogan (Yale University): "Intelligibility and Ideality: Crusius, Kant, and a 'Neglected Alternative,” presented at the Pacific Study Group. Hogan currently teaches at Princeton University.
  • 2001
Joseph Cannon (Northwestern University): "Intention and Fine Art in the Critique of Judgment,” presented at the Midwest Study Group.  Cannon currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • 2000
Ernesto Garcia (Columbia University): "The Historical Development of Virtue in Kant’s Ethical Theory,” presented at the Midwest Study Group. Garcia currently teaches at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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