Philosopher Wins Princess of Asturias Award

Spanish philosopher Emilio Lledó Iñigo has been awarded the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.  Eight such awards are given annually, in different fields. The Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts went to Francis Ford Coppola and the award for social sciences was given to economist Esther Duflo. The awards include a replica of a Joan Miró sculpture, a diploma and insignia, and 50,000 euros.

The awards are given by the Princess of Asturias Foundation, “a non-profit private institution whose essential aims are to contribute to extolling and promoting those scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of the universal heritage of humanity and consolidate the existing links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs to the Crown of Spain.”

Iñigo has taught at the University of Madrid, the University of Heidelberg, the University of La Laguna (Tenerife), the University of Barcelona, and Spain’s National Distance Education University (UNED) in Madrid. According to the press release from the foundation, “He has played an important role in the recovery of Greek philosophy and Hellenism in Spain and has contributed to the development of hermeneutics within the field of contemporary Spanish philosophy. Lledó believes that language is an essential element in thinking and in the way humans integrate into society and nature. He thinks that philosophy is no other than meditation on this integration and the history of the philosophy is understood as the collective memory of the complex process followed by humanity.”

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