Pacific Study Group

of the
North American Kant Society

2008 Meeting Program

October 25-26, 2008

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, California

Saturday October 25:

1:00 pm Eckart Förster (Johns Hopkins University), keynote address
"What is 'the Highest Point of Transcendental Philosophy'?"

2:30 pm Donald Wilson (Kansas State University)
"Truth and Deception in Kantian Ethics"

4:00 pm pm Clinton Tolley (University of California, San Diego)
"Unconscious Representation and Non-Conceptual Content"

5:30 pm
Business meeting

Evening: Group dinner (for registered conference participants). Arrangements will be announced at the meeting.

Sunday, October 26:

8:30 am Light Breakfast (coffee and rolls)

9:00 am Aaron Griffith (University of California, Irvine)
"A Conceptualist Reading of Kant"

10:30 am James Hebbeler (University of Notre Dame)
"Kant on Necessity"
Winner of the Graduate Student Travel Stipend

12:00 pm Linda Palmer (Carnegie Mellon University)
"On the Necessity of Beauty"

MEETING INFORMATION: The meeting will take place in the Humanities Instructional Building (HIB), room 135. HIB is building #610, grid area D4 on the campus map (

DIRECTIONS: The UCI campus may be conveniently reached from the Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA), the Long Beach Airport (LGB), the Los Angeles Int’l Airport (LAX), and the LA/Ontario Int’l Airport (ONT). Taxis from the Orange County/John Wayne Airport to campus cost about $20. Taxis from other airports to campus are expensive. The most economical option is a shuttle van, which picks up passengers on the departure level just outside the airport terminals.

Coming on 405 Fwy - Exit on Culver Drive and go towards UCI (West) about 2 km; Turn right on Campus Drive and go about 1 km to University Center mall on the right – up to the intersection of Campus Drive with Bridge Road (right) and West Peltason Drive (left).

From this intersection you have the following options:

1. To park on campus close to HIB: Turn left on West Peltason Drive and go about 200m; Turn left on Mesa Road and go to Mesa Parking Structure (day passes cost $7 and are sold at the entrance); from there, walk left on the circular walkway – about 80 m to HIB on the left.

2. To park in the University Center mall – it’s free but there is a risk of a fine for parking for a UCI event: Turn right on Bridge Road and right into the mall; from there, walk (about 8 min) – go on the pedestrian bridge over the Campus Drive; follow straight, up the stairway, and right on the circular walkway to HIB on the right.

LODGING: A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference (the nights of October 24, 25, 26) at the Atrium Hotel (, under the group name “Kant Conference”. These rooms will be held until 10/16/08 at a preferential rate of $104/night (single or double occupancy). The Atrium Hotel is located across the street from the Orange County/John Wayne Airport. There is a free shuttle service between the hotel and the UCI campus.

FEES AND REGISTRATION: 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, the University of California at Irvine).

Please notify Sven Bernecker at ( by October 16 if you plan on attending the conference and if you would like to attend the dinner on Saturday. Depending on the budgetary situation of the UC-Irvine Philosophy Department, conference participants may have to pay for the dinner.

Local Organizer Sven Bernecker (

For other questions about the PSG, contact Eric Watkins (