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.
Aaron Wells, "Mechanical Inexplicability and Intensive Magnitudes"
Naomi Fisher, "Kant, Schelling, and the Philosophy of Nature"
Bennet McNulty, "Rehabilitating the regulative Use of Reason: Kant on Empirical and Chemical Laws."
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.
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.
Kahn (Stanford University), "Conscience," presented at eight meeting of
the Eastern Study Group in April 2011 at Boston College.
Ryan Kemp (University of Notre Dame), "The Contingency of Evil," presented at the first meeting of the Southern Study Group in March 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
(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.