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Aesthetics Day: North American Kant Society Biennial Meeting

 Export to Your Calendar 6/5/2020 to 6/7/2020
When: June 5-7, 2020
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Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Parkway E
Binghamton University, New York  13902
United States
Contact: Melissa Zinkin

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The Board of Trustees of the American Society for Aesthetics has approved the award of $4,500 in support of Aesthetics Day at the Fifth Biennial Meeting of the North American Kant Society (NAKS) June 5-7, 2020. Additional support is being provided by seven departments at the University.

The grant will support an aesthetics keynote talk, a student travel grant of $500 for the best student paper on Kant and aesthetics, and a luncheon for participants in the Meeting that day. ASA members will be welcome to attend Aesthetics Day at a reduced registration fee.

The Meeting, to be held at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, is being organized by Melissa Zinkin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Rachel Zuckert, Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University and President of NAKS.

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Kant and the Value of Humanity

Submission Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on January 1, 2020

Keynote speakers: Karin de Boer, Katrin Flikschuh, Paul Guyer

Saturday, June 6 will feature “Aesthetics Day at NAKS,” sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics, which will include several talks on Kant and Aesthetics.

We aim to announce which papers have been accepted by February 7, 2020.

Papers in any area of Kant’s and Kantian philosophy from analytic, continental, and historical approaches, are welcome.  We encourage as well submissions on the conference theme, “Kant and the Value of Humanity.”

Please identify two areas under which you wish your paper to be considered:

Kant’s Pre-critical Philosophy
Epistemology and Logic
Philosophy of Science and Nature
Ethics and Moral Philosophy
Philosophy of Law and Justice
Philosophy of Politics, History, and Culture
Religion and Theology
Kant and German Idealism
Kant and Phenomenology
Kant in the Present
Kant and the Value of Humanity

We are also accepting submissions for papers for the following two panels, sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics.

1) “Kant’s Methodology of Taste: the role of Humaniora”

For this panel we invite papers on the much overlooked final section of Kant’s Critique of the Aesthetic Power of Judgment where Kant discusses the role of preparation and study for training taste and also the social nature of taste and its role in cultivating humanity. 

2) “The Aesthetics of the Sublime and Human Dignity”

For this panel we invite papers on the relationship between the moral and aesthetic dimensions of the sublime in Kant.

Please indicate in the heading of your submission whether you are submitting to one of these panels.

To submit a proposal, please submit (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf form):

  1. A cover page, including the title of the paper, word count, author’s name, brief bio, and contact information;
  2. A 3000-word paper, not including notes, prepared for blind review, accompanied by a 200-word abstract. 

Please email all documents to

  • All papers should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes.
  • All submissions will be anonymously reviewed; identifying information should be included only on the cover page.

We especially encourage graduate student submissions. Graduate students should identify themselves as such on the cover page, which is a required component of the submission.

NAKS will provide $200 travel award for the best graduate student paper and the author will be considered as a candidate for the annual Markus Herz Prize.

The American Society for Aesthetics will provide a $500 student travel grant for the best student paper on Kant and aesthetics.

Members of the American Society for Aesthetics will receive a reduced registration fee for the events on Kant and Aesthetics on Saturday June 6, 2020.

As additional information becomes available, it will be posted here and in other venues. 

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