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Mary Gregor Lecture Series 

Mary Gregor’s translations of the GroundworkCritique of Practical Reason, the Metaphysics of Morals, and several other works, have exerted tremendous influence on contemporary scholarship and constitute a substantial contribution to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant. Mary Gregor also was the author of important interpretive work on Kant’s practical philosophy: her 1963 book Laws of Freedom, for instance, remains one of the best monographs on Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals.

NAKS received an anonymous donation after Gregor’s death in 1994.  Pauline Kleingeld, NAKS president at the time, decided to name a lecture series at the Central Division APA Meetings after Gregor, and use the donated funds to sponsor it.  The goal of the series is to invite distinguished Kant scholars from outside of North America to speak on relevant issues in Kant’s practical philosophy.  The prize amount is currently $1500.

For the first ten years, NAKS sponsored a Mary Gregor Lecture each year.   For budgetary reasons, and in order to better support other projects and serve our members, in 2013 the NAKS Executive Committee decided to make the Gregor Lecture a biennial event, instead of an annual event as we had done so far. The 2014 Gregor Lecture was the first in that biennial cycle.

Starting in 2022, Kantian Review agreed to consider the winning lecture for immediate publication, pending editorial and authorial approval. 

  • 2022 Wolfgang Ertl, "Foreknowledge and Creation: Further Explanations of Kant's Molinism" (commentator: Dai Heide)
  • 2020 Dieter Schoenecker, “Do Criminals Forfeit Their Dignity? On a Notorious Passage in Kant’s Rechtslehre (RL: 329 f.)” (commentator: unknown)
  • 2018 Vadim Chaly, “The Russian Kant” (commentator: Susan Meld Shell)
  • 2016 Claudio LaRocca, “Kant and the Problem of Conscience" (commentator: Jens Timmerman)
  • 2014 Bernd Ludwig, “Why Groundwork III Failed: The Dogmatism of Kant's Pre-1787 Theory of Freedom" (commentator: Arthur Ripstein) 

2002-2012  (titles and commentators are now lost to the sands of time...):

Rolf-Peter Horstmann, Howard Williams, Manfred Kuehn, J├╝rgen Stolzenberg, Marcus Willaschek,  Zeljko Loparic, Katrin Flikschuh, Graham Bird, Georg Mohr, Jens Timmerman, Heiner Klemme

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