$1 Million Philosophy Prize: Nominations Open


The Berggruen Institute’s Philosophy and Culture Center (previously) is now accepting nominations for its one million dollar philosophy prize, to be awarded to “a living thinker whose ideas have deeply influenced society and our way of life.”  The prize is “intended as a life time achievement award for a modern day Socrates.” Nominations are due by May 31st, 2016, and the winner will be announced in October.

From the Institute’s website:

The prize is intended to bring greater attention to the ideas that shape culture, inspire movements and catalyze ideological shifts. The legacy of great thinkers throughout history still permeates our way of life, from the Platonic ideal of a reason-based society and Confucian ideas about social order to the post-Reformation Era ideas of consciousness. Today, numerous prizes are rightly awarded for invention and achievement in science and the arts, but few prizes recognize ideas that have broader philosophical and cultural impact. The Berggruen Philosophy Prize will return attention to profound thinking with the recognition and support deserved for their globally significant contribution. Thinkers from all languages, religions and/or philosophical traditions are welcome. A diverse, independent jury of leading thinkers will consider nominations and select the awardees.

More details here.

Any predictions?

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Richard Yetter Chappell
5 years ago

Peter Singer would seem the obvious candidate. (Incidentally, he has pledged to donate the entire million to effective charities if he wins this prize!)Report

Alfred MacDonald
Alfred MacDonald
Reply to  Richard Yetter Chappell
5 years ago

okay but before he donates it, he should drop a mixtape on iTunes & Amazon where he raps about blowing a million like it’s nothing, then donate the prize *and* the royalties of the mixtapeReport

Tessa
Tessa
Reply to  Richard Yetter Chappell
1 month ago

Now, 2021, Peter Singer finally does win the prize. He is donating half of the cool 1 million to The Life You Can Save, and swears he has never taken a single cent from the organization himself.

More than a third goes to organizations against factory farming.

And the rest … he is asking people for suggestions on how to distribute the rest 🙂Report

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

I predict a man, as 90% of the advisory board and 90% of the academic board are men. What a great way to foster cross cultural inquiry!Report

UG
UG
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

So if a male philosopher is picked, it’s because he is a man? Are you suggesting that the men who occupy this board will vote based on gender? Do you have any evidence for why we should think that these individuals who occupy the board are most interested in the gender of a philosopher? Can you give us some names and some data on the names listed?Report

Colin
Colin
Reply to  UG
5 years ago

Consider the odds of a fair coin landing heads in the same proportion. They’re incredibly low. Some form of (lower case b) bias must be present to explain this result and the many others like it. Likewise it seems not unreasonable to guess that whatever is biasing the panel away from a 50% / 50% gender split would bias their eventual croix as well. All of this assumes nothing about the intentions of the panel.Report

Alfred MacDonald
Alfred MacDonald
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

I predict a man because most philosophers are men. “most of the advisory board are men” is not necessary.

in fact, “most of the advisory board are men” could even lead to a higher likelihood of a woman being chosen because, barring homosexuals or bisexuals like myself, most guys do not like sausagefests and prefer the presence of women. if you want firsthand experience of this, try organizing any large party.Report

Tessa
Tessa
Reply to  Scott
1 month ago

Writing now in 2021. As of last year, 3 women and 2 men have won the prize 🙂

Just yesterday, Peter Singer was announced the winner for 2021. That makes it 3:3.Report