As is well known to any student of Kant, Mary Gregor’s translations of the Groundwork, Critique 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 Laws of Freedom, for instance, remains one of the best monographs on Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals.
In recognition of the importance of her work, NAKS has sponsored a lecture series at the APA Central Division Meeting for the past twelve years. The series originated thanks to an anonymous donation after Gregor’s death in 1994. Pauline Kleingeld, NAKS president at the time, decided to name an annual lecture series after Mary Gregor, and to use the donated funds specifically for this purpose.
The main goal of the series is to invite distinguished Kant scholars from outside of North America to speak to NAKS members and their guests on relevant issues in Kant’s practical philosophy. Rolf-Peter Hostmann was the first lecturer in 2002. Since then, NAKS has featured:
2009: Graham Bird
2008: Katrin Flikschuh
2007: Zeljko Loparic
2006: Marcus Willaschek
2005: Jürgen Stolzenberg
2004: Manfred Kuehn
2003: Howard Williams
2002: Rolf-Peter Hostmann
For various budget reasons, and in order to better support our projects and serve our members, in 2014 the NAKS Executive Committee decided to make the Gregor Lecture a biennial event, instead of an annual event as we have done so far. The 2014 Gregor Lecture is the first in that biennial cycle.
Members will find some of the Gregor lectures in the members-only section of our website