Pacific Study Group

of the

North American Kant Society

2005 Meeting Program

November 5-6, 2005

Stanford University, Stanford, California


Saturday, November 5:

1:00 p.m. Paul Guyer (University of Pennsylvania)
"Is There a Transcendental Imagination?"

2:30 p.m. Lucy Allais (Sussex University)
"Kant's Account of Nonconceptual Content"

4:00 p.m. Robert Taylor (University of California, Davis)
"Kant's Moral Arguments for God and Immortality: Revealing the Role of Opacity"

5:30 p.m. Business Meeting and Reception

Evening: Group dinner. (Arrangements will be announced at the meeting.)

Sunday, November 6:

8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast (coffee and rolls)

9:00 a.m. Joshua Brown, (University of Michigan)
"Spatial Infinity and the Intuition of Space"
(Winner of the Graduate Student Stipend)

10:30 a.m. Michael Rohlf (Skidmore College)
"Procedural Formalism and Substantive Value in Kant's Ethics: A Middle Course Between Rawls and Herman"

12:00 p.m. Peter Thielke (Pomona College)
"An Army of One: Maimon's Rationalist-Skeptical Challenge to Kant"

Further Information

The meeting will take place in Levinthal Hall at the Stanford Humanities Center.
A map of the campus can be found at this link:

The keynote speaker for the meeting will be Paul Guyer. For participants arriving as early as Friday, Prof. Guyer will also be giving at talk to the Stanford Philosophy Department at 3:15 PM, Friday Nov. 4, in the Main Quad, Bldg. 90, rm 92Q.

LODGING A block of rooms has been reserved at the Stanford Terrace Inn, just off campus, under the group name 'Pacific Study Group/NAKS'; these rooms will be held until 10/04/05 at a preferential rate of $145/night (single occupancy), $155/night (double occupancy). The Inn is located adjacent to campus at 531 Stanford Avenue, Palo Alto, phone 650-857-0333. Our reservation is being held under the group number 96251.

TRAVEL The Stanford campus may be conveniently reached from both the San Francisco and San Jose airports. Taxis from the airport to campus are expensive. A more economical option is a shuttle van, which picks up passengers on the departure level just outside the airport terminals. Two companies serve the area.
SUPER SHUTTLE $26.00 ($8.00/each additional person) one way. Pick up is on departure level at marked locations. Runs 24 hours a day. No reservations are required for SFO, but reservations are recommended for the San Jose Airport. Three stop maximum per shuttle trip. (650) 558-8500.
SOUTH BAY AIRPORT SHUTTLE $22.00 for SFO and $29.00 for San Jose Airport ($9.00 each additional person) one way, door-to-door to/from any airport terminal. Pick up is on departure level at blue/yellow sign. Reservations required. ($10.00 service charge after 11:30 pm) (800) 548-4664 or (408) 559-9477.
For those who do not mind a short walk, it is also possible to take public transportation from SFO to campus. Take BART from the airport one stop to the Millbrae station, where you can get off and take a CalTrain south toward San Jose (you will need to buy tickets at a machine before boarding). For the Stanford campus, get off at the Palo Alto stop (22 min walk to center of campus); for the Inn, get off at the California Ave stop (should be about a 10 min walk to the Inn-- take Cal Ave to El Camino Real, turn right, and you will see the Inn on your left). CalTrain schedules are available here:
To return, one can take the train, arrange a shuttle pickup, or take a flat-rate cab from campus back to the airport (flat-rate cabs are available for that direction only). For that, you will need to call the following cab company, at least 30 minutes prior to your desired departure time from campus: Best Airport Yellow Cab Company, 650-852-1233 Be sure to mention that you are calling from Stanford and that you have been guaranteed a flat rate (approx. $45).

For drivers, here are directions to the Stanford Terrace Inn:
---- Directions From The San Francisco Airport ---- Take Hwy 101 South towards San Jose (follow about 20 miles), Exit at Oregon Expressway, Turn right on El Camino Real, follow to Stanford Avenue (Approximately 3 stoplights), turn left. (Next to Starbucks on the corner).
---- Directions From The San Jose Airport ---- Take Hwy 101 North towards San Francisco, Exit at Oregon Expressway, Turn right on El Camino Real, follow to Stanford Avenue (Approximately 3 stoplights), turn left. (Next to Starbucks on the corner).

Meetings are free and open to all. There is no membership.

The PSG receives financial support from the North American Kant Society and from host universities (in this case, Stanford University).


IMPORTANT: If you are planning on attending the banquet, please e-mail Lanier Anderson at

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