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Each V-NAKS Meeting is part of one or more series (descriptions and zoom link below)

May 19th, 2021

Kant and Race: (How) Should We Teach Kant's Views on this topic?

V-NAKS "Kant and____" Series

Speaker: Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou (College of the Holy Cross): "Must I Teach Race?"

Speaker: Elvira Basevich (U-Mass, Lowell): "Teaching Kant: How to Welcome a Racist into the Philosophy Classroom"

SpeakerPatrick Frierson (Whitman College): "Teaching Race in the Groundwork"

Chair: Bennett McNulty (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

June 2nd, 2021

"Spontaneity and Teleology in Kant's Theory of the Understanding" 

V-NAKS "Choose Your Ideal Commentators" Series

Speaker: Claudi Brink Herz Prize 2020 Winner (UC-San Diego)

Ideal Panel: Hannah Ginsborg (UC-Berkeley) and Béatrice Longuenesse (NYU)

Chair: Andrew Chignell (Princeton University)

June 16th, 2021

"Kant and the Primacy of Epistemic Normativity"

V-NAKS "Choose Your Ideal Commentators" Series

Speaker: Reza Hadisi (University of Arizona)

Ideal Panel: Patricia Kitcher (Columbia University) and Alix Cohen (University of Edinburgh)

Chair: Andrew Chignell (Princeton University)

June 30th, 2021

"The Unity and Uses of Reason"

V-NAKS Classic Format Series

Speaker: Thomas Sturm (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Commentator: Saniye Vatansever (Bilkent University)

Chair: Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown University)

July 14th, 2021

One precise way in which Schelling or Hegel improves on Kant's Theoretical philosophy

V-NAKS Incubator Series


Naomi Fisher (Loyola-Chicago)

Anton Kabeshkin (Potsdam)

Jake McNulty (NYU)

Chair: James Kreines (Claremont-McKenna)

July 28th, 2021

"Kant's Violinist:

Reconstructing Kant's Position on Abortion and the Right to Life"

V-NAKS "Choose Your Ideal Commentators" Series

Speaker: Samuel Kahn Sellars Prize Winner I (Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis)

Ideal Panel: Matthew Altman (Central Washington) and Helga Varden (Illinois-Champaign-Urbana)

Chair: Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown)

August 11th, 2021

Kant, the Iberoamerican Scene, and

the Mathematical Schematism

V-NAKS "Kant and____" Series & Classic Format Series

Speaker: Efraín Lazos (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Commentator: Katherine Dunlop (University of Texas at Austin)

Chair: Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval (Princeton/UC-Davis)

August 25th, 2021

Beauty, Community, and Faith:

New Perspectives on the third Critique

V-NAKS  Incubator Series & Women Scholars Network Series


Larissa Berger (Hannover Institute of Philosophical Research)

Samantha Matherne (Harvard University)

Seniye Tilev (Bogazici University)

Jessica Williams (University of South Florida) 

Chair: Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University)

October 6th, 2021

"Kant on Autonomy as Self-Making"

V-NAKS "Choose Your Ideal Commentators" Series

Speaker: Sabina Vaccarino Bremner Sellars Prize Winner II (University of Groningen)

Ideal Panel: Barbara Herman (UCLA) and Christine Korsgaard (Harvard University)

Chair: Andrew Chignell (Princeton University)

October 20th, 2021

Formal Principles in Kant's Political Philosophy

V-NAKS Women Scholars Network Series

Speaker 1: Fiorella Tomassini (University of Groningen):

"Right, Maxims, and the Categorical Imperative in Kant's Metaphysics of Morals"

Commentator: Frederick Rauscher (Michigan State University):

Speaker 2:  Paola Romero (Université de Fribourg):

"What Does It Mean to "Wrong" Someone in the State of Nature?"

Commentator: Sorin Baiasu (Keele University)

Chair: Luke Davies (London School of Economics)

january 19th, 2022

Kant on thinking well

V-NAKS Women Scholars Network Series

Speaker 1Janum Sethi (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor):

“Kant on Prejudice and Communication”

Commentator: Krista Thomason (Swarthmore College)

Speaker 2: Francey Russell (Barnard College):

Kant on Illusion and Opacity”

Commentator: Lucy Allais (Johns Hopkins University)

Chair: Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown University)

February 9th, 2022

Kant on Humanity's Progress

V-NAKS Women Scholars Network Series

Speaker 1: Sofie Møller (Goethe University):

"Kant on Culture and Human Development"

Commentator: Sacha Golob (King's College London)

Speaker 2:  Olga Lenczewska (University of North Carolina):

"Kant on the Emergence of Reason"

Commentator: Alexander Englert (Princeton University)

Chair: Robert Louden (University of Southern Maine)

February 16th, 2022

Kant's Discipline of Pure Reason 

V-NAKS Classic Format Series

Speaker 1: Charles Goldhaber (University of Pittsburgh):

"The Dissatisfied Skeptic in Kant's Discipline of Pure Reason"

Commentator: Brian A. Chance (University of Oklahoma)

Speaker 2: Farshid Baghai (Villanova University):

"The Role of the Discipline of Pure Reason in the Systematicity of the Practical Use of Reason" 

CommentatorAlexandra Newton (University of California, Riverside)

Chair: Andrew Chignell (Princeton University)

March 2nd, 2022

Kant on the Finitude of the Human Mind

V-NAKS Women Scholars Network Series

Speaker 1: Rosalind Chaplin (New York University):

"The Finitude of the Mind and the Size of the Spatiotemporal World"

Commentator: Marialena Karampatsou (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Speaker 2: Morganna Lambeth (Purdue University):

"Finitude and Discursivity in Heidegger's Interpretation of Kant"

Commentator: Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)

Chair: Anja Jauernig (NYU)

March 16th, 2022

Kant and the Environmental Crisis

V-NAKS  Incubator Series

Speaker 1: David Baumeister (Seton Hill University):

"Human Animality in Kant: Environmental Insights for Today"

Speaker 2: Holly Wilson (Louisiana State University - Alexandria):

"Kant and Farm Animal Ethics"

Speaker 3: Zachary Vereb (University of Mississippi):

"Kant and the Climate Crisis: Limits, Liabilities, and Lessons"

Chair: Andrew Chignell (Princeton University)

March 30th, 2022

Kant on Happiness and Well-Being

V-NAKS Women Scholars Network Series

Kant defines happiness (Glückseligkeit) in a variety of different ways--as pleasure, enjoyment, contentment, the satisfaction of inclination, well-being, and even overall and complete life satisfaction. The possible differences between these terms seem not to have concerned him. Indeed, at times, Kant treats these terms interchangeably, as when he writes that happiness amounts to "continuous well-being, enjoyment of life, complete satisfaction with one's condition." (MS 6:480; cf. RGV 6:67). This session explores Kant's conception of happiness and the value he attributes to our primary non-moral end or purpose. Special attention will be given to the relation between happiness and well-being in Kant's texts.


Anne Margaret Baxley (Washington University in St Louis):

"Kantian Happiness as a Conditioned, Prudential Good"

 Erica Holberg (University of Missouri):

"Is Kantian Well-Being Simply Kant's Conception of Happiness?"

 Melissa Seymour Fahmy (University of Georgia):

"Kant on the Human Need for Happiness"

 Sherry Kao (Georgetown University):

"The Place of Well-Being in Kant"

Chair: Mavis Biss (Loyola University, Maryland)

April 27th, 2022 (2-4pm EDT)

memorial panel for Rudolf Makkreel (1939-2021)


Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University)

Jack Zammito (Rice University)

Chair: Jennifer Mensch (Western Sydney University)

With time devoted also to tributes from former students, colleagues, and friends

For Zoom link and registration click here

Series descriptions

V-NAKS "Choose your Ideal Commentators" series

Here we ask an up-and-coming scholar to name a “dream team” of commentators for one of their works-in-progress.  The commentators don’t prepare anything in advance, but they are allowed to interrupt occasionally and ask clarifying questions during the talk, and then add a couple of questions at the end. Sort of like “Shark Tank” for Kantians. This is followed by the usual sort of Q&A.

V-NAKS "Kant and _____" Series

Here we fill in the blank in ways that are not typical for anthologies and conference discussions.

V-NAKS Classic Format Series

This is the typical talk/commentary format. No pre-reading is required.

V-NAKS Women Scholars Network Series

This series features some members of the NAKS Women Scholars Network, which was founded in May 2021.

(A call for applications to join the Network was published in the March newsletter. If you missed the opportunity to join the Network this year, you will have another chance next year. A second call for application will be announced in the March and June issues of our 2022 newsletter.)

V-NAKS Incubator Series

Here speakers give a short, 10-15 minute "poster-style" presentation of a new or in-progress idea, followed by a Q&A/brainstorming session of 15-20 mins. 

Virtual NAKS is organized by Andrew Chignell, Huaping Lu-Adler and Elizabeth Li.

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