Pacific Study Group

of the
North American Kant Society

2011 Meeting Program

November 12-13, 2011

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

Saturday November 12:

1:00 pm David Hills (Stanford University)
"Of the (Kantian) Standard of Taste"

2:30 pm  Michelle Grier (University of San Diego)
"The Transcendental Ideality of the Kantian Sublime"

4:00 pm  Julie Tannenbaum (Pomona College)
"Kant's Notion of Unconditional Goodness"

5:30 pm
Business meeting

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

Sunday, November 13:

8:30 am Light Breakfast (coffee and rolls)

9:00 am Samantha Matherne (University of California, Riverside)
"Kant on the Art of Schematism"
Winner of the Graduate Student Travel Stipend

10:30 am Pierre Keller (University of California, Riverside)
"Kant's Copernican Revolution: Ideas as the Source of Normativity"

12:00 pm Abe Stone (University of California, Santa Cruz)
"Kant on Object and Things"

The meeting will take place in the Cowell Conference Room, at the entrance of Cowell College, University of California, Santa Cruz. Cowell College is grid area D7-8 on the campus map
The UC-Santa Cruz campus is about 45 minutes from the San Jose International Airport (SJC), about 75 minutes from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and about the same from Oakland International Airport. Taxis are very expensive, about $100 (one way) from SJC, and far more from the other airports. Public transportation is difficult too.  But there are shuttles to and from SJC and SFO, $50-$100 (one way), depending on which airport. One can make arrangements with various shuttle companies in Santa Cruz, or with the university shuttle service at  However, the best thing might be to rent a car.  Cowell College is about five miles from the conference hotel, uphill, and buses are limited on the weekend (although one can easily walk to the Metro Station from the hotel and catch any of the various buses that do run all day to the university and back.  Here are the routes and schedules

If you are coming from San Francisco, take the 280 south to the 85 south to the 17 south.  The 17 ends in Santa Cruz.  The Mission Street exit will take you to Mission Street (which is essentially Highway 1, north). Travel 2-3 miles to Bay Street. Then right on Bay another 2 miles to the entrance of the university. Or go left on Bay about 2 miles to get to the conference hotel (see below).  When traveling on Bay to the hotel you will come eventually to a point where you must turn right or left, onto West Cliff Drive. Turn left and follow the road down and to the left at the pier, over some railroad tracks, to the hotel (about a block away at that point).

If you are coming from Oakland take the 880 south to the 17 etc.

If you are coming from San Jose take the 880 south to the 17 etc.

If you are driving from Los Angeles, you can take the 5 to the 152 to Highway 1, north, which becomes Mission Street when you hit Santa Cruz .  Or the 101 to the 156 to Castroville.  Then north through the town of Castroville to Highway 1, north etc.

Parking is free on the weekends on the university campus, including Cowell and Stevenson Colleges, near the conference room.

LODGING: A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference, the nights of November 11 and 12, at the Ocean Pacific Lodge (, under the group name “Kant Conference”. These rooms will be held until 10/21/11 at a preferential rate of $89 for a King, $99 for 2 Queens.

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 Santa Cruz).

Please notify Daniel Guevara at ( by November 8, 2011 if you plan on attending the conference and if you would like to attend the dinner on Saturday. Depending on the budgetary situation, conference participants may have to pay for the dinner.

Local Organizer: Daniel Guevara (

General Organizer: Eric Watkins (

For questions about the PSG, contact Eric Watkins (