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4 November 2013

On november 6, the German philosopher and sociologist Jurgen Habermas will receive the Erasmus price in the Royal Palce in Amsterdam. The Erasmus Prize is an annual award for a person who has made an exceptional contribution to culture, of scholarship, in Europe and beyond. The prize money is a sum of € 150,000.


Emphasizing the importance of tolerance, cultural pluriformity and non-dogmatic critical thinking, the Foundation endeavours to express these values in the choice of its laureates. The Erasmus Prize is awarded annually by the Board of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. His Majesty the King is Patron of the Foundation.


The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation has awarded the Erasmus Prize 2013 to the German scholar Jürgen Habermas (1929). The theme of the Erasmus Prize this year is ‘the future of democracy’. For over 50 years, Jürgen Habermas has been one of the leading thinkers in the fields of sociology, philosophy and politics. Central in his thinking is democracy and the commitment of the citizens. He is sharp and critical in his political analysis, but at the same time optimistic about the future of a democratic Europe. He beliefs in the debate, in ratio as the source of politics and in the equality of man. With his humanistic views and commitment to the future of Europe he embodies the Erasmian values the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation holds so dear.


Jürgen Habermas is author of a vast body of work, in which he emphasizes the importance of dialogue, democracy and human dignity. Among his most important books are ‘Zur Strukturwandel der Oeffentlichkeit’(1962) and ‘Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns’ (1981). The present political and financial-economic crisis and the destiny of Europe are subject of his recent essay ‘Zur Verfassung Europas’ (2011).







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