The judges for the 2013 NAKS Biennial Book Prize for Senior Scholars are pleased to announce that the winner for this year’s competition is Pauline Kleingeld, author of Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).


Kleingeld’s book is the first comprehensive account of Kant’s cosmopolitanism, highlighting its moral, political, legal, economic, cultural, and psychological aspects. Contrasting Kant’s views with those of other cosmopolitan theorists in late eighteenth-century Germany, and relating them to current debates, Kleingeld sheds new light on texts that have been hitherto neglected or underestimated. In clear and carefully argued discussions, she shows that Kant’s philosophical cosmopolitanism underwent a radical transformation in the mid 1790s and that the resulting theory is philosophically stronger than is usually thought.


Using the work of figures such as Fichte, Cloots, Forster, Hegewisch, Wieland, and Novalis, Kleingeld analyses Kant’s arguments regarding the relationship between cosmopolitanism and patriotism, the importance of states, the ideal of an international federation, cultural pluralism, race, global economic justice, and the psychological feasibility of the cosmopolitan ideal. In doing so, she reveals a broad spectrum of positions in cosmopolitan theory that are relevant to current discussions of cosmopolitanism.


Pauline Kleingeld (PhD Leiden, 1994) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She is the author of Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Fortschritt und Vernunft: Zur Geschichtsphilosophie Kants (Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 1995), and the editor of Immanuel Kant, ‘Toward Perpetual Peace’ and Other Writings on Politics, Peace, and History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006). She is heading two research programs funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research: "Morality beyond illusions: Re-assessing the philosophical implications of empirical studies of moral agency" (2009-2013) and "Kant on morality and empirical knowledge of moral agency" (2011-2015).


This is the first year NAKS awards the Book Prize. We are delighted to report that we received a large number of outstanding submissions and competition was very stiff. It is humbling to witness the creativity and depth existing in Kantian studies. We encourage qualifed members to submit their work for consideration for the next Biennial Book Prize competition, to be awarded for an outstanding book dealing with any aspect of Kant’s philosophy published between January, 2013 and December, 2014. A panel consisting of members drawn from the NAKS Advisory Board judges all submissions, and the winner receives a prize of $500.


For an overview of Professor Kleingeld’s book please go to the members-only section of our website. You will find the file inside the “NAKS Book Prize” folder.
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