Monday, August 25, 2008

Habermas Wins European Award

Jurgen Habermas, in my mind one of the giants of social and political philosophy in the twentienth century, recently won an award:

European prize goes to philosopher Habermas
The European Prize of Political Culture has been awarded to the German philosopher and sociologist Jürgen Habermas at the Locarno Film Festival.

Habermas' theories have greatly contributed to the evolution of modern social sciences, the Hans Ringier Foundation, patrons of the €50,000 prize said.

The philosopher, born in 1929, is best known for his work on the concept of the public sphere, the topic and title of his first book.

Last year the prize went to Serbian president Boris Tadic; Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's prime minister received the honour in 2006. The prize is in its third year.

From here. (Tadic was also a philosopher, if memory serves me right)

Why doesn't the United States have such prizes?



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