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  • 27 Apr 2019 11:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please see 'Call for Submissions' website for details.

  • 19 Dec 2018 9:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A blind-review committee has awarded the 2018 Markus Herz Essay prize to Olga Lenczewska for her essay, “From Rationality to Morality: The Collective Development of Practical Reason in Kant’s Anthropological Writings.” The Markus Herz prize is awarded to an exemplary paper submitted by a graduate student for presentation at one of the regional study groups.

  • 19 Dec 2018 8:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that the 2018 NAKS Sellars prize has been awarded to Robert Clewis, for his paper, “Beauty and Utility in Kant’s Aesthetics: The Origins of Adherent Beauty.” The award-winning paper appeared in the Journal of the History of Philosophy's April 2018 issue. We congratulate Professor Clewis on an excellent, deeply researched paper that also draws attention to the connections between Kant’s aesthetics and contemporary thinking about beauty.

  • 08 Sep 2018 9:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Konstantin Pollok is the winner of the 2018 NAKS book prize for his Kant's Theory of Normativity: Exploring the Space of Reason (CUP, 2017). An honorable mention goes to Luigi Caranti for his Kant’s Political Legacy: Human Rights, Peace, Progress (University of Wales Press, 2017). Many congratulations!

  • 03 Feb 2018 1:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jessica Tizzard has been awarded the 2017 Markus Herz prize for her paper, “Practical Reason and the Call to Faith,” presented at the NAKS Midwest study group this October.

  • 16 Dec 2016 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAKS is very pleased to announce that Aaron Wells (Notre Dame) is the winner of the 2016 Markus Herz Prize. Wells won the prize for his paper “Mechanical Inexplicability and Extensive Magnitudes in Kant’s Critique of Judgment.”

    Aaron Wells is completing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation is about explanation in Kant’s theoretical philosophy, and the explanatory role of representations of reason. His other research interests include early modern philosophy, German Idealism, and the philosophy of science. 

    Abstract for Mechanical Inexplicability and Extensive Magnitudes in Kant’s Critique of Judgment:”

    Kant's conception of mechanistic inexplicability is commonly interpreted in terms of parts and wholes, yet the justification for Kant’s claims remains elusive. In this paper, I argue that the principle of the axioms of intuition plays a crucial role in justifying Kantian mechanistic inexplicabiluty; this puts part-whole interpretations on a firmer footing. I then show how such interpretations can help explain Kant’s difficult claims that the subordination of mechanism to teleology, and appeals to the supersensible as a unifying ground of nature, help resolve the antinomy of teleological judgment. More broadly, this interpretation clarifies Kant’s conception of the explanatory relationship between metaphysics, physics, and the life sciences.


  • 13 Nov 2016 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NAKS Book Prize for Senior Scholars is the capstone of our system of Prizes. It is awarded to outstanding books in any aspect of Kant’s philosophy. Prior winners included:

    • 2016, Lucy Allais, Manifest Reality: Kant’s Idealism and his Realism (Oxford University Press, 2015)
    • 2015, Julian Wuerth, Kant on Mind, Action and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014)
    • 2014, Pauline Kleingeld, Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

  • 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.


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