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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

Incubatees: Naomi Fisher (Loyola-Chicago), Anton Kabeshkin (Potsdam), Jake McNulty (NYU)

Chair: James Kreines (Claremont-McKenna)

July 28th, 2021

V-NAKS Women Scholars Network Series

Details TBA

August 11th, 2021

"Kant and the Current IberoAmerican Scene" (15-min presentation)

"Kant On the Mathematical Schematism"

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

V-NAKS Women Scholars Network Series

Details TBA

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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 members of the NAKS Women Scholars Network, which was founded in 2021. For more information on the Network, please contact us.

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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