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  • 02 Jul 2024 2:48 PM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    Dear NAKS Members,

    As we announced in the Summer Newsletter, NAKS has received a very generous donation of $41,000 from Henry Allison’s family (his wife Nora and his daughter Renee Nash) in his memory and in honor of his contributions to Kant scholarship.  We thank them again for their beneficence!  In a sign of our appreciation, NAKS is renaming the Senior Scholar Prize the Henry Allison Senior Scholar Prize. 

    The Allison family donation constitutes the core of the newly formed Cheerful Philanthropist Fund.  Being good Kantians, we know what you are thinking: acting in conformity with the duty of beneficence will lack moral worth if it is done merely from an inner satisfaction in spreading joy, rather than acting from duty.  But let us assure you that cheerfulness is not incompatible with acting from duty, and we always hope that you will be cheerful! 

    The principal of The Cheerful Philanthropist Fund will be preserved and invested, and earnings will be used to fund many NAKS activities and to expand opportunities for NAKS members.  For example, we hope to increase our conference travel stipends for graduate students and junior faculty without their own research funds.

    We are now starting a fundraiser to complement the Allison family donation, and we hope that you will contribute whatever you can in order to help promote Kant scholarship, in the spirit of Henry Allison’s many contributions to the field.  NAKS is kicking off the fund drive by transferring $5,000 from its modest current reserves to The Cheerful Philanthropist Fund, for a starting total of $46,000.   Although this is a terrific start, that amount in a safe and responsible investment will not yield overwhelming sums ($2,300 at 5%, for example).  This will definitely help us meet our annual budget, but we hope to raise at least as much again, which will allow us to continue our activities and to expand the support we provide to Kant scholarship and NAKS members. 

    We are looking for any size donation, starting from $10, $20, or anything you can afford and feel moved to contribute – with over 500 members, smaller donations add up.  We will also have a NAKS Donor Page to acknowledge larger contributions people have made – $100 or more – noting the level of those contributions.  You can, of course, remain anonymous if you choose.  And you may also dedicate the contribution if you wish – in memory or honor of Henry Allison, or someone else.  But again, we appreciate any and all contributions at any level; all of us together can have a large impact. 

    Please contribute to make NAKS stronger and help us promote Kant scholarship throughout North America and beyond! 

    You can make your contribution at our donation webpage:

    Please specify in the comments section that you would like it to be added to The Cheerful Philanthropist Fund; if it is $100 or more, please let us know if you would prefer it to be anonymous or if you would like to donate in someone’s honor.  If you would like to make a larger donation and would like to discuss it with us, please feel free to contact Daniel Sutherland at his personal email address:

  • 10 Jun 2024 10:26 AM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    Are you curious about Immanuel Kant's theory of race? If so, then look no further! The purpose of this reading group is to critically examine Kant’s essays on race.

    No prior knowledge of Kant's work on race or other works is required for this group . Each meeting will focus on one essay with the aim of understanding Kant's arguments. The first hour of each session will begin with an overview of the text followed by analysis of the arguments presented therein. Questions, comments, and thoughts about the text are highly welcome during this time. The second hour will be dedicated to open discussion about the text.

    For any questions about the reading group, please email Corey Beckford at Additionally, if you do not own a copy of the readings please feel free to contact Corey for the readings.

  • 11 Jan 2024 8:40 PM | Daniel Sutherland (Administrator)

    We are very pleased to announce that Martina Favaretto has won the 2023 Marcus Herz Student Essay Prize for her paper "Kantian Apathy, Revisted," delivered at the NAKS Southern Study Group Meeting.  Congratulations Martina!

  • 16 Dec 2023 11:48 AM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    We are very pleased to announce that the NAKS Senior Scholar Prize has been awarded.  There was a very strong group of submissions, from which NAKS selected Helga Varden for her book Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Account (Oxford University Press, 2020).  Congratulations, Helga, for a terrific contribution to Kant scholarship! 

  • 03 Oct 2023 11:57 AM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce the winners of The Wilfrid Sellars Young Scholars Essay Prize:

    🥇First Place: John Walsh (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) for the essay “Kant’s Principia Diiudicationis and Executionis.”

    🥈Second Place: J. P. Messina (Purdue University) for the essay “Freedom as Independence: Kant vs. the Neo-Republicans.”

    Thanks to our judges for their work, and warm congratulations to John Walsh and J.P. Messina for their exceptional essays!

    First Place includes a $600 prize funded by Kantian Review and an expectation of publication by Kantian Review (subject to their approval). Second Place includes a $400 prize funded by NAKS. On this occasion, we would also like to express our sincere appreciation to Kantian Review for their generous contribution, significantly enhancing The Wilfrid Sellars Young Scholars Essay Prize.

    Thank you all for your participation and support!

  • 02 Oct 2023 11:58 AM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that Andrew Chignell and Katharina Kraus have each been appointed to the position of NAKS Tercentennial Officers to organize conferences and celebrations marking the 300th Anniversary of Kant’s birth. They have already organized two NAKS Tercentennial Events. The first is a NAKS Tercentennial Celebration and Symposium organized by Andrew and Katharina together with Lucy Allais at John Hopkins University and at the Goethe Institute in Washington, D.C. It will include two staged readings of Thomas Bernhard’s play Immanuel Kant and a symposium, “Kant and the World Today” on the implications of Kant’s philosophy for various issues confronting us today. (For details, Conferences/Workshops below). The second is a NAKS Kantian Birthday Party at the Central APA in New Orleans in 2024. (For details, see the APA NAKS Session announcements under Conferences/Workshops below.) There are also some international plans afoot, including a joint Tercentennial Conference with the South Korean Kant Society and a virtual conference with the working title “Idea for a Universal Kant Conference with Cosmopolitan Purpose.” Look for further announcements on the NAKS website!

    We are also pleased to announce the formation of a NAKS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee. The Co-Chairs of the Committee are Huaping Lu-Adler and Lucy Allais, and the regular committee members include Maria Mejia and Corey Beckford and (ex officio) Robert and me. The committee will advise Robert and me on any DEIB issues that might arise and actions NAKS can take to be more inclusive. We would like to thank Huaping, Lucy, Maria, and Corey for willing to give their ideas, advice, and time.

  • 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
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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.

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