About Us

Eastern North American Kant Society


Mission Statement

The Eastern Study Group of the North American Kant Society was founded in 2004 by Sharon Anderson-Gold with the aim of promoting discussion of Kantian scholarship among students and faculty on the east coast. Our annual meetings are usually held in the spring and take place at colleges and universities from Maine to Washington, DC. Meetings feature invited speakers and papers selected through blind review by ENAKS committee members. The best graduate student paper at each conference receives a stipend of $200 and is nominated for the the Markus Herz Award. Meetings are open to the public. Students and faculty are warmly invited to join in friendly and rigorous discussion.


Committee Members



Kate Moran

Kate Moran is associate professor of philosophy at Brandeis University. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on Kant's moral and political philosophy. Her work has appeared in the Canadian Journal of PhilosophyArchiv für Geschichte der PhilosophieKantian Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of Community and Progress in Kant's Moral Philosophy(2012) and the editor of Kant on Freedom and Spontaneity (2018). She has received research awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 




Mavis Biss

Mavis Biss is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. She specializes in moral philosophy, with particular focus on Kantian ethics and conceptions of moral imagination. Her recent publications include "Kantian Moral Striving" (Kantian Review, 2015, winner of the Wilfrid Sellars Prize), "Avoiding Vice and Pursing Virtue: Kant on Perfect Duties and 'Prudential Latitude'" (Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2017), and “Positive Morality and the Realization of Freedom in Kant’s Moral Philosophy (European Journal of Philosophy, 2018). Her current work deals with the complexities of rational agency in the face of contested moral meaning.



James Hebbeler

James Hebbeler is associate professor of philosophy at Saint Joseph's University. He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame. His recent work has appeared in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie and the Review of Metaphysics. He is the co-translator (with Karl Ameriks) of Karl Leonhard Reinhold's Letters on the Kantian Philosophy. 


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Samantha Matherne

Samantha Matherne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University.  She specializes in Kant, Neo-Kantianism, Phenomenology, and Aesthetics.  She is particularly interested in Kant’s theoretical and aesthetic philosophy and its influence on Post-Kantian thinkers, such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Martin Heidegger, and Ernst Cassirer.  She is the author of Cassirer (2019) for the Routledge Philosophers Series.  She is currently at work on a book about Kant’s theory of imagination.  For a list of her publications, please see here.




Marius Stan

Marius Stan is associate professor of philosophy at Boston College. He studies Kant and natural philosophy in the Long Eighteenth Century, and has strong research interests in early modern thought and philosophy of physics. His writing has appeared in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. He has forthcoming papers in Nous and the Journal of the History of Philosophy. 



Edgar Valdez

Edgar Valdez earned his PhD in Philosophy from Binghamton University (SUNY). He teaches in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Seton Hall University. His research focuses primarily on Kant's theoretical philosophy. In particular, he's interested in the relationship between Kant's epistemological claims and his views on mathematics and natural science. His book Kant, Space, and the Foundations of Geometry (Forthcoming, Lexington Books) explores the relationship between Kant's a priori intuitive account of space and its relationship to geometry.



Reed Winegar

Reed Winegar is an assistant professor at Fordham University. He received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Harvard University. His research focuses on Kant, German Idealism, and Early Modern Philosophy. His writing has appeared in the Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, European Journal of Philosophy, Kantian Review and elsewhere. He has also held a VolkswagenStiftung/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the Freie Universität Berlin and a guest professorship at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


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Owen Ware

Owen Ware is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He specializes in Kant and 19th Century Philosophy. His work has appeared in Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research,Philosophers' Imprint, and elsewhere. He is the author of two books, Kant's Justification of Ethics and Fichte’s Moral Philosophy: The Striving for Self-Sufficiency, both forthcoming with Oxford University Press, and is a co-editor of Fichte’s System of Ethics: A Critical Guide, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.