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  • 19 Dec 2018 9:02 PM | Anonymous member

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 29 Sep 2016 5:44 PM | Anonymous member

    NAKS is very happy to announce that Lucy Allais has won the NAKS book prize for 2016 for her Manifest Reality: Kant’s Idealism and his Realism.

    Lucy Allais is jointly appointed as Henry Allison Chair of the History of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, California and Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). She did her undergraduate degree at Wits and post graduate degrees in Oxford. Her work on Kant has focussed on his transcendental idealism and issues to do with conceptualism in his epistemology, though she has also published on Kant on giving to beggars and on Kant’s racism. She also works on forgiveness as well as related issues to do with punishmentShe is currently working on Kant’s account of free will and the relation between this and issues to do with moral psychology and forgiveness. Her articles include ‘Kant, Non-Conceptual Content and the Representation of Space,’ Journal of the History of Philosophy, 2009, 47, no. 3, pp 383–413, “Kant’s Idealism and the Secondary Quality Analogy,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 45, no. 3,  2007, pp 459-84, “Wiping the slate clean: The Heart of Forgiveness,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 2008, 36(1) pp 33–68, “Retributive Justice, Restorative Justice, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 39 (4), 2011 and “Freedom and Forgiveness” Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, volume 2 edited by Neal Tognazzini and David Shoemaker, 2014.

    Manifest Reality presents an interpretation of Kant’s transcendental idealism. One its central aims is to find a way of understanding Kant’s position that does justice to his being an idealist—his holding that physical objects in space and time depend on our minds in some sense and to some extent—at the same time as accommodating his explicit rejection of understanding this mind-dependence as anything like Berkelean idealism which sees physical objects as existing as constructions out of what exists merely in the mind. Further, the book aims to do this in a way that accommodates Kant’s holding that the things that appear to us have a way they are in themselves, independently of us, that grounds the way they appear to us, and which we cannot cognize. Finally, it aims to present an interpretation that illuminates the connections between transcendental idealism and Kant’s account of cognition, with respect to both empirical and metaphysical cognition. The book is divided into three parts. The first part goes through the basic textual claims Kant makes concerning transcendental idealism, as well as summarizing and responding to the main competing interpretations in the literature. Allais argues that the abundance of apparent textual evidence as well as philosophical considerations that can be appealed to in support of opposing interpretative extremes, as well as the fact that both have serious problems, seems to keep the literature in a state of oscillation between them. Many extreme idealist interpreters are rightly dissatisfied with deflationary readings that cannot do justice to the parts of the text in which Kant expresses his idealism; they frequently seem to assume that the only way to do justice to these texts is through seeing Kant as a phenomenalist. On the other hand, many deflationary and bare empirical realist interpreters are rightly dissatisfied with interpretations that see Kant as a phenomenalist, and from this they conclude that he is not an idealist.  She argues that to reach a stable interpretation we need an account of idealism that is not phenomenalist and that does justice to Kant’s empirical realism, and we need an account of what it means to say that things have a way they are in themselves which does not involve a commitment to intelligibilia.

    The second part of the book presents Allais’s positive account of the nature of the mind-dependence of Kantian appearances, as well as her account of Kant’s argument for the position. It also presents, as a central part of her approach, her way of understanding Kant’s central notion of intuition, the role intuition plays in cognition, and the relation between this and Kant’s idealism. The third part of the book presents Allais’s reading of Kant’s commitment to there being a way things are in themselves and the relation between this and his idealism about appearances as well as his empirical realism. She presents an account of his argument in the Transcendental Deduction of the Categories, one part of which she sees as compatible with realism, and as well as an account of the relation between Kant’s idealism and his explanation of the possibility of metaphysics. She sees the Deduction as containing an epistemological argument for the claim that applying the categories is a condition of referential empirical concept application. Kant then is able to convert this conditional claim about those objects we can cognize to a claim about all objects in space and time because he has already established that objects in space and time are limited to the conditions of our cognizing them. Thus, on her reading of the argument, transcendental idealism is not an explanation of cognition of synthetic a priori judgments in general. Rather, the explanation of the possibility of synthetic a priori cognition in geometry is a priori intuition. The idea of a priori intuition, and the role it plays in organising empirical intuition, leads to transcendental idealism. This has implications for how we understand the idealism, because it enables us to take seriously the role of the idealism in explaining the possibility of metaphysics without taking the explanation to be that it is because our minds ‘make’ objects in certain ways that we can know a priori claims about objects. Rather, the synthetic a priori claims are established as conditional claims about the conditions of empirical cognition; they are converted into unconditional claims about spatio-temporal objects once we grant that spatio-temporal objects do not exist independent of the possibility of our cognizing them.

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