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  • 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.

  • 23 Apr 2016 5:22 PM | Anonymous member

    Oxford University Press is pleased to offer North American Kant Society members an exclusive 30% discount on all titles. Take advantage of this exclusive discount by entering promo-code AAFLYG6 at checkout when purchasing books from global.oup.com/philosophy

  • 23 Apr 2016 5:16 PM | Anonymous member

    The 2016-17 Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant Lecturer is Beatrice Longueness (New York University). Longueness will present her lecture at the 2017 Eastern Division meeting of the APA in Baltimore.

    De Gruyter has a long history of publishing Kant scholarship and embraces philosophical work in the Kantian tradition in the broadest sense. The de Gruyter Stiftung explicitly intends the Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant lecture series to be open to a broad approach to Kantian philosophy across the philosophical disciplines. This may also include contemporary philosophical work in the Kantian tradition. The Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant lecture series is offered every year at a divisional meeting on a rotating basis.

    More information about Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant Lecturer can be found here:


  • 24 Sep 2015 3:59 PM | Anonymous member

    The North American Kant Society is pleased to announce the seventh  annual Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize competition. This prize will be awarded for the best essay on any topic that demonstrates the continued relevance of Kant’s philosophy. Essays must be single-authored, previously unpublished (work under consideration or forthcoming will be considered), and cannot exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes).

    The Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize is the natural continuation of the existing Markus Herz Prize, which is awarded to the best graduate student submission to the NAKS study groups. The intention behind the Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize is to help promote original Kantian or Kant-inspired philosophical work of 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 and Advisory Boards.

    Deadline of submission: January 15, 2016.Wil

    Eligibility rules:

    ·        The essay must be written in English, single-authored, and has not been published by January 15, 2016.

    ·        “Junior” is defined here as: “PhD in hand; and 40 or younger (regardless of tenure status), or non-tenured (regardless of age).”

    ·        Authors must be members of NAKS at the time of submission.

    Please send entries electronically to:

    Pablo Muchnik


    Entries should be submitted in Wordformat and state the word count at the end. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter containing a three-part declaration stating that: (i) the essay has not been published by January 15, 2016, (ii) the author already has a PhD in hand, and is either 40 years of age or younger (regardless of employment status) or non-tenured (regardless of age), and (iii) the author is a member of NAKS in good standing.

    The winner will be announced on June 15 and will receive a prize of $500.  The Award Committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted.

  • 24 Sep 2015 3:56 PM | Anonymous member

    NAKS is pleased to anounce the fourth Book Prize for Senior Scholars competition. This prize will be awarded for an outstanding book dealing with any aspect of Kant’s philosophy. Submissions will be judged by a panel consisting of members drawn from the NAKS Advisory Board, and the winner will receive a prize of $500. Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2016 (for books published throughJanuary 1 to December 31, 2016). The Awards Committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted. 

    Eligibility rules:

    ·    Only single-authored monographs or collections of essays written in English will be considered.

    ·    Authors must be members of NAKS at the time of submission.

    ·    Submission must be made by the publisher, and four (4) copies of the book must be submitted to NAKS. (Submissions should be sent to: Prof. Pablo Muchnik, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, 9th Floor (#907), Boston, MA 02116-4624.

    ·    Senior" is defined here as: "40 or older (regardless of tenure status), or tenured (regardless of age).”

    ·    Current NAKS Executive and/or Advisory Board Members are not eligible to compete for the prize.

  • 17 Jun 2015 1:10 PM | Anonymous member

    The judges for the 2015 Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize are pleased to announce that the winner for this year’s competition is Mavis Biss, author of “Kantian Moral Striving.”

    Mavis Biss completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 and is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. She specializes in moral philosophy, with particular focus on Kantian ethics and conceptions of moral imagination. Her recent publications include: “Radical Moral Imagination: Courage, Hope and Articulation,” Hypatia (2013), “Moral Imagination, Perception and Judgment,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy (2014), and “Empathy and Interrogation,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy (2014). Her current work deals with the ideal of moral self-perfection in Kant’s ethics and the complexities of rational agency in the face of contested moral meaning.

    Abstract for “Kant’s Moral Striving:”

    The paper focuses on a single question that highlights some of the most puzzling aspects of Kant’s explanation of the duty of moral self-perfection. What kinds of activity count as striving for purity in one’s disposition to duty or strength of will? I argue that a dominant strand of Kant’s approach to moral striving does not fit familiar models of striving. I seek to address this problem in a way that avoids the flaws of synchronic and atomistic approaches to moral self-discipline by developing an account of Kantian moral striving as an ongoing contemplative activity complexly engaged with multiple forms of self-knowledge.

    The judges for the 2015 Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize also gave an honorable mention to Reed Winegar for his “Kant's Criticisms of Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion.”

    Reed Winegar is an assistant professor of philosophy at Fordham University. He received his BA from Harvard in 2005 and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. In 2015/16 he will be a VolkwagenStiftung/ Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Freie Universität in Berlin. His essay "Kant's Criticisms of Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion" is forthcoming in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. Other published work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in the Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Hegel Bulletin, and Journal of Scottish Philosophy. His current research focuses on Kant's criticisms of metaphysics and on issues in Kant's 3rd Critique.

    Abstract for “Kant’s Criticisms of Hume’s Diaglogues concerning Natural Religion:”

    According to recent commentators, Kant agrees with Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion (1) that physico-theology can never provide knowledge of God and (2) that the concept of God, nevertheless, provides a useful heuristic principle for scientific enquiry. This paper argues that Kant, far from agreeing with Hume, criticizes Hume's Dialogues for failing to prove that physico-theology can never yield knowledge of God and that Kant correctly views Hume's Dialogues as a threat to, rather than an anticipation of, his own view that the concept of God provides a useful heuristic principle for science. The paper concludes that Kant's critique of physico-theology reflects Kant's deep dissatisfaction with Hume's manner of argumentation and suggests that Kant's attempt to provide a more successful critique of physico-theology merits continued philosophical attention.

    Both essays can be found in the members-only section of our website under “Sellars Prize”.    

  • 23 May 2015 4:57 PM | Deleted user

    As members of NAKS, we are committed to promoting Kant-scholarship and Kantian philosophy in all its forms. No one who shares these basic aims should be prevented, for monetary reasons only, from joining and participating in NAKS. Yet, at the same time, as a relatively small society, we depend primarily on membership dues to support a growing number of activities and prizes. Since we have not raised dues since 2009, we decided it was time to revisit our financial structure and adopt what we believe is the most fair model for our society.

    Here are the main results of our deliberations:

    1. To maintain the current membership dues of graduate students, retired people, and the unemployed.

    2. To create a new category of members for those holding ånon-tenure track jobs to encourage and facilitate their participation.

    3. For reasons of fairness, to create a more nuanced dues structure for those holding tenure track jobs or who are already tenured.

    4. Finally, to introduce a “hardship clause” that would allow members to waive paying their dues under extenuating circumstances and for a limited period.

    Moving forward, this is the new membership structure at a glance:

    • Category 1: students, retired, or unemployed members, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $10.00 per year.

    • Category 2: non-student, employed but non-tenure track members, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $20.00 per year.

    • Category 3: tenure track or tenured members, with annual income up to $70,000.00, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $35.00 per year.

    • Category 4: tenure track or tenured members, with annual income between $70,000.00 and $100,000.00, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $40.00 per year.

    • Category 5: tenure track or tenured members, with annual income between $100,000.00 and $130,000.00, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $45.00 per year.

    • Category 6: tenure track or tenured members, annual income more than $130,000.00, including all international members who fall under those descriptions.
      Dues: $50.00 per year.
  • 23 May 2015 1:14 AM | Deleted user

    Call for Translators

    Kant’s Sources in Translation is a new series being published by Bloomsbury. Its goal is to provide the background essential to understanding the genesis of Kant’s thought by bringing together English language editions of the works that influenced Kant’s philosophical development.

    The first two translations are due out next year, Preparation for Natural Theology by Johann August Eberhard (Translated by Courtney Fugate and John Hymers) and Excerpts from the Doctrine of Reason by Georg Friedrich Meier (Translated by Aaron Bunch in collaboration with Axel Gelfert and Riccardo Pozzo).
    We are now looking for skilled translators of Latin and German to translate future titles planned for the series, making these influential works accessible in English, often for the first time. This would involve working on texts including:

    • Jus naturae inusum auditorium by Gottfried Achenwall
    • Initia philosophiae practicae primae acroamatice by Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten
    • Ethica philosophica by Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten.

    Translators will be paid a fee and royalties on both the hardback and paperback edition. If you are interested in translating for the series and would like to discuss the role further, please contact Colleen Coalter, Philosophy Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury: colleen.coalter@bloomsbury.com

    Series Editors

    Lawrence Pasternack, Oklahoma State University

    Pablo Muchnik, Emerson College

  • 22 May 2015 6:02 PM | Deleted user

    This project arises with a clear Latin American scope, without renouncing to a Kantian cosmopolitan vocation. Issue 01 shall furnish a concrete idea of the sections that integrate this new journal and also a call for papers for taking part in the following issues. This endeavour could only go forward through the greatest possible participation of Kant scholars, according to their plurality, without exclusions of any kind. Con-textos Kantianos is an e-journal devoted to Kantian studies with a biannual periodicity, which will alternate open-submission issues and single-topic issues coordinated by two editors. All submitted manuscripts will undergo a peer review assessment. The journal will rely on the cooperation of an editor in chief, four assistant editors and an executive secretary, all provided with a long editorial experience at different journals (such as Isegoría, Dianoia, Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofía, Ideas y Valores or Estudos Kantianos). The periodical will also receive the support of five book review editors, which cover all accepted languages of the journal. The editorial team will assign and coordinate the tasks of the editorial and advisory boards. The contents of the journal will be divided into five sections: interviews with international Kant scholars, articles, discussions, translations of Kant ́s texts into Spanish, book reviews, and a newsletter with information about Kant-related Congresses, Workshops and Societies activities. The accepted languages for submission will be, other than Spanish: English, German, French, Portuguese and Italian.

    We would like finally to thank the warm and great reception granted to this project, which arose guided by a spirit of integration and which has been spread by several colleagues and institutions. It helped to broaden the original member list of both boards.

    Kind regards,
    CTK Editorial Executive Team and CTK Executive Secretary
    Roberto R. Aramayo, María Julia Bertomeu, Catalina GConzález, Eduardo Molina, Efraín Lazos Ochoa and Nuria Sánchez Madrid

  • 22 May 2015 5:57 PM | Deleted user

    Estudos Kantianos is a new electronic journal published by the Centro de Pesquisas e Estudos Kantianos "Valerio Rohden" [CPEK] in Brazil. It is devoted to the analysis and interpretation of Kant’s writings, as well as debates regarding its reception and legacy. The journal appears twice a year, July and December, and is edited by Professor Ubirajara Rancan de Azevedo Marques. Last issue’s contents can be found here: http://www.marilia.unesp.br/Home/Departa mentos/dfil/cpek/estudos-kantianos-v .2n.2_2 014.pdf

    Estudos Kantianos accepts papers, reviews, and new translationson any aspect of Kant’s philosophy. Texts can be written in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. For more information, please write to Professor Azevedo Marques at ubirajara.rancan@gmail.com

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