About NAKSThe purpose of the North American Kant Society (NAKS) is to further study of the works of Immanuel Kant from a variety of perspectives. We encourage the participation by scholars and students in all relevant areas: all those interested in Kant, whether philosophers, political scientists, literary scholars, historians, scholars of religion, etc., whether researchers, teachers, students, or simply Kant enthusiasts. While primarily centered in North America, NAKS welcomes members from all areas of the globe.
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. Participation in NAKS sponsored events requires NAKS membership.
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, Rachel Zuckert and Andrew Chignell 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.
Click here to view NAKS's constitution, which was last updated in June 2020.