Prize winning philosophers

The US Library of Congress has awarded the Kluge prize to two philosophers.


According to the LoC website, the prize

is designed deliberately to reward work in the wide range of disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes—including history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion, criticism in the arts and humanities, and linguistics. The prize is international; the recipient may be of any nationality, writing in any language.

The main criterion for a recipient of the Kluge Prize is deep intellectual accomplishment in the study of humanity. While the study of humanity is a part of academia, a nominee for the prize need not have worked primarily in academic institutions, but may also come from fields such as media, performing arts, or literature. The recipient will have demonstrated unusual distinction within a given area of inquiry that also affects perspectives and vision in other areas of study and walks of life. The recipient’s body of work should evidence over the years growth in maturity and range. It should, in large part, be understandable to scholars in a variety of fields, to those involved in public affairs, and to the average layperson. Seniority is not necessarily a prerequisite for recognition of such achievement.

The prize is usually $1 million, but apparently was increased to $1.5 million, split between the two winners.


5 thoughts on “Prize winning philosophers

  1. Since Habermas is still very much alive, he said some interesting things recently about the issues facing the European Union, specifically about the financial crisis in Greece and the role of the German chancellor: (in German, but Google Translate might work).

    It’s interesting that you see philosophers (sociologists) and other intellectual figures like authors (Guenther Grass, for example) making the front page in German newspapers, followed by dissenting is consenting articles that become part of a public discussion in the mainstream media. This kind of event seems to tie into the same theme of philosophers taking action and becoming involved that has been a theme on Episyllogism this year (or possibly longer–I’m still the new kids on the block).


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