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About the Study Group

The Pacific Study Group (PSG) of the North American Kant Society is an informal group that meets once per year, typically in late winter, to facilitate interaction among students and scholars of Kant. The PSG typically features five or six presentations, one of which is usually from a graduate student. The PSG was founded by Eric Watkins in 2002 and its first meeting was hosted at the University of California at San Diego. The PSG has met every year thereafter at universities up and down the west coast (and online during the pandemic) and has featured many influential papers.


Dai Heide, Regional Chair

2024 NAKS Pacific Study Group Meeting

North American Kant Society

Pacific Study Group

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

March 2-3, 2024

Confirmed 2024 PSG participants include:

  • Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown)
  • Elvira Basebich (UC Davis)
  • E. Hande Tuna (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Eric Watkins (UC San Diego)
  • Laura Papish (George Washington)
  • Fatema Amijee (UBC)
For those not able to travel to Seattle, virtual participation will be available. Please email Colin Marshall ( if interested.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Graduate Student Submissions

The Pacific Study Group of the North American Kant Society reserves one slot on its annual program for a contribution from a graduate student. The organizers hereby invite submissions of papers on any topic in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant from current graduate students.

Submissions should be no longer than 7500 words, including footnotes and bibliography, and they should be emailed to PSG Chair Dai Heide ( no later than December 15th, 2023. Authors of submissions will be notified no later than January 1st, 2024.

NOTE: Any graduate student participating in a NAKS meeting must be a member of NAKS.  Fortunately, NAKS membership for graduate students is free. 

The author of the paper that is selected will receive an $800 USD honorarium, generously provided by the host department, to assist in the cost of travel.


2023 NAKS Pacific Study Group Meeting

North American Kant Society

Pacific Study Group

University of California, Riverside

Seattle, WA

February 11-12, 2024


Sat Feb 11, 2023

1-2:30pm                      Rachel Zuckert, “Kant's Philosophy of History as Response to Existential Despair

2:45-4:15pm               Melissa Merritt, “Kant's Critical Rehabilitation of the Stoic Concept of Nature”

4:30-6pm                      Karl Ameriks, “Philosophy, Politics, and Thomas Mann's Elliptical Path Back to Kant”


Sun Feb 12, 2023

9-10:30am                       Janelle DeWitt, “Humanity, Holiness, and the Highest Good”

10:45am-12:15pm     Ian Blecher, “Kant's Postulate that God Exists”

12:30-2pm                       Conrad Damstra (Graduate student, Brown), “The Propensity to Evil as the Evil Fundamental Maxim”



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