Berggruen Prize

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Berggruen Prize
Awarded forIdeas of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity
Presented byBerggruen Institute
First awarded2016
WinnerRuth Bader Ginsburg Edit this at Wikidata

The Berggruen Prize is a US$1-million award given each year to a significant individual in the field of philosophy. It is awarded by the Berggruen Institute to "thinkers whose ideas have helped us find direction, wisdom, and improved self-understanding in a world being rapidly transformed by profound social, technological, political, cultural, and economic change."[1]

The Berggruen Prize was first awarded in 2016 with the overt purpose of becoming a "Nobel prize for philosophy".[2][3]


The first recipient of the Berggruen Prize was the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, whose work "urges us to see humans as constituted not only by their biology or their personal intentions, but also by their existence within language and webs of meaningful relationships."[4][5][6][7][8]

The prize is awarded annually in December, with a ceremony at the New York Public Library. In 2016, ceremony speakers included University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann and journalist Fareed Zakaria.[9]


Prize jury[edit]

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah – Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University
  • Leszek Borysiewicz – Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
  • Antonio Damasio – Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California
  • Amy Gutmann – President of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Amartya Sen – Nobel Laureate, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University
  • Alison Simmons – Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University
  • Michael Spence – Nobel Laureate, Professor of Economics & Business at New York University
  • Wang Hui – Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University
  • George Yeo – Former Foreign Minister of Singapore
  • David Chalmers – Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist
  • Elif Shafak – Turkish novelist


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  7. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (October 4, 2016). "Canadian Philosopher Wins $1 Million Prize". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  8. ^ Rothman, Joshua. "How to Restore Your Faith in Democracy", The New Yorker, November 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Gordon, Amanda L. "Billionaire’s Supper Club Directs Philosopher’s Arrow at Trump", Bloomberg, December 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "McGill philosopher Charles Taylor wins $1M Berggruen Prize | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  11. ^ Jennifer Schuessler (3 October 2017). "Onora O'Neill Wins $1 Million Berggruen Prize for Philosophy". The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Martha Nussbaum Wins $1 Million Berggruen Prize". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  13. ^ "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wins $1 Million Berggruen Prize". Retrieved 2019-10-23.

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