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  • 09 Aug 2023 7:35 AM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    Dear Kantians,

    Greetings from Daniel Sutherland and Robert Clewis, the new President-Secretary and Vice President of NAKS.

    We are excited to lead this great organization for the next three years. Andrew Chignell and Huaping Lu-Adler – with the help of Anne Margaret Baxley as Treasurer and Eli Benjamin Israel as Tech Consultant, Eric Watkins as President of the Board of Trustees and the members of the Board – have done a tremendous job the previous last three years, and we want to thank them! Not only did they guide us through the pandemic – no small accomplishment – they also significantly improved NAKS activities. They began the vNAKS series in response to Covid, which also expanded its reach. They started the NAKS Women’s Network to connect persons who self-identify as women, which included fostering mentoring relationships between senior and junior women members of NAKS. They sponsored a vNAKS session on teaching Kant on race and gathered material (posted on the NAKS website) for those who might be interested in teaching this topic themselves. To further support those who are earliest in their careers, they made NAKS membership free to students. This helped them increase the NAKS membership to 630 people; at the same time, they were able to increase the overall budget. They made the criteria for the prizes and awards and submissions more transparent and secured co-sponsorship of the Sellars Young Scholars Prize from the Kantian Review. With Eli’s help, they radically transformed the NAKS website, making it far more professional and user-friendly. All this was in addition to the usual activities of NAKS (please see the NAKS June Newsletter for a fuller account). We thank them; it will be hard to fill their shoes!

    Fortunately, Andrew and Huaping have not only been helping us with the transition; they have also both agreed to continue their direct involvement with NAKS along with a few other leading Kant scholars. We are pleased to report that Andrew and Katharina Kraus have agreed to serve as NAKS Kant Tercentennial Officers for the remainder of 2023 and for 2024. They will organize the NAKS Kant Tercentennial Conference in Washington, DC, a Virtual Cosmopolitan Kant Conference in 2024 involving Kant societies from around the world, as well as a joint effort with the South Korean Kant Society in 2024, and perhaps a few other activities. We thank them both!

    We are also pleased to report that Huaping and Lucy Allais have agreed to serve on a newly formed NAKS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Committee. We are excited to work together with them in the coming years to further improve NAKS engagement with these issues.

    Robert and I have taken the reins for the NAKS Sellars Young Scholars Prize (and other duties. We also have other initiatives we are planning, so look for further announcements (such as calls for proposals for NAKS sessions at future APA meetings). In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying your summer!

    With best wishes,

    Daniel Sutherland, NAKS President-Secretary

    Robert Clewis, NAKS Vice-President

  • 02 Jul 2023 10:46 PM | Andrew Chignell (Administrator)

    Join us at 1pm ET for this brief commemoration of former Board member Henry Allison's life and work.   Zoom invitation below:

    Topic: Henry Allison memorial VNAKS
    Time: Jul 5, 2023 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • 14 Jun 2023 9:25 AM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    We're pleased to announce the results of the recently held election.

    President: Daniel Sutherland.

    Vice President: Robert Clewis.

    Please join us in welcoming our newly elected officers to their positions (starting July 1)!

  • 10 Jun 2023 1:54 PM | Andrew Chignell (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that NAKS announces the passing away of Henry E. Allison -- a former member of the NAKS Board of Trustees, a leading scholar of Kant and early modern philosophy, and a mentor and inspiration to many in our community. 

    Professor Allison was born on April 25, 1937, and died on June 5, 2023.  There will be no service or funeral, in accordance with his wishes.  NAKS is planning a virtual memorial event featuring his students, colleagues, and friends, and will have more information about this in the days to come.

  • 26 May 2023 12:08 PM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    The North American Kant Society, in cooperation with Kantian Review, is accepting submissions to its 13th annual Wilfrid Sellars Junior Essay Prize competition. This prize is awarded for the best essay on any topic that demonstrates the continuing relevance of Kant’s philosophy.

    Essays must be single-authored, previously unpublished (work under review or forthcoming will be considered), and cannot exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes and works cited/bibliography). Submissions not within this word limit may not be considered.

    The intention behind the Sellars Prize is to help promote original Kantian or Kant-inspired philosophical work of junior 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 Committee and Board of Trustees.

    Eligibility rules:

    1) The essay must be written in English, single-authored, and not published (online or in print) prior to June 16, 2023.

    2) ‘Junior’ is defined here as 5 years or fewer from receipt of the Ph.D.  on the prize submission deadline.

    3) Authors must be members of NAKS at the time of submission and during the period when the submissions are under review.

    4) Authors cannot be past recipients of the Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize.

    Entries should be submitted in Word format and state the word count at the end. They should be formatted for blind review. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that specifies the author’s name, email contact information, and title of the paper, and also includes a declaration stating that eligibility rules (1)-(4) above are satisfied.

    Please submit your paper here:

    The first place winner will receive a prize of $600 and the presumptive offer of publication in Kantian Review (pending editorial approval).  The second place winner will receive a prize of $500

    The committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted.

  • 19 Dec 2022 11:56 AM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    In memoriam Prof. Dieter Henrich – one of the greatest contemporary scholars of Kant and German Idealism, and a beloved teacher and mentor to many on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • 12 Oct 2022 12:53 PM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    The "Digitales Kant-Zentrum NRW" has a new website which you can find under the following link:

  • 28 Sep 2022 2:57 PM | Andrew Chignell (Administrator)

    NAKS awards a Senior Scholar prize to books and articles on an alternating yearly basis.  This year the prize was for the best article published in 2020 or 2021 by a senior NAKS member (10 years or more beyond the Ph.D.).  The competition was close, but in the end the winner was Patrick Kain (Purdue) for “The Development of Kant’s Conception of Divine Freedom,” an article recently published in the long-awaited volume Leibniz and Kant, ed. Brandon C. Look (Oxford 2021).  Congratulations Patrick!!

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