About NAKSThe North American Kant Society (NAKS) was founded in 1985 at the Sixth International Kant Congress to foster the study of Kantian thought and scholarship within a variety of traditions and disciplines. The society aims to promote scholarship and research, the building of a global community, and the exchange of information for all those interested in Kant, whether researchers, teachers, or simply Kant enthusiasts, whatever their backgrounds. We encourage the participation by those scholars, teachers and students in all relevant areas: philosophers, political scientists, literary scholars, historians, scholars of religion, etc. Our aim is to build an inclusive organization that fosters belonging and allyship regardless of background. While primarily centered in North America, NAKS welcomes members from all areas of the globe.
NAKS-sponsored events requires membership. Being a member of NAKS also directly supports our efforts to benefit the Kantian community.
We organize activities and prizes that aim to help students and scholars at different career stages interact and share their work in an atmosphere of cordiality and rigor.
These are our main initiatives:
Kantian philosophy and scholarship in North America are steadily growing in quality, quantity, and influence. Our goal at NAKS is to support, promote, and celebrate this work.
HistoryThe North American Kant Society was founded in 1985 at the Sixth International Kant Congress, held at the Pennsylvania State University. Hoke Robinson founded and served as the first president of NAKS. Karl Ameriks, Sharon Anderson-Gold, Richard Aquila, Patricia Kitcher, Pauline Kleingeld, Robert Louden, Pablo Muchnik, Nelson Potter, and Rachel Zuckert have also served as presidents. Past vice presidents include Michelle Grier, Jane Kneller, Pablo Muchnik, Oliver Sensen, Helga Varden, Eric Watkins, Günter Zöller, and Huaping Lu-Adler.
Our bibliographers have been Manfred Kuehn, Felicitas Munzel, and Steve Naragon.
ConstitutionClick here to view NAKS's constitution, which was last updated in June 2020.