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The Berggruen Institute seeks to identify and nurture new ideas that have the potential to shape a better human future.  We are committed to science as a source of knowledge and innovation and to philosophy as a source of critical perspective and deeper understanding of the place and role of humanity in the world.
 
Each year we offer the Berggruen Prize, a $1 million award that recognizes humanistic 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.  
 
While modernity has produced a dramatic expansion of knowledge, it has not delivered a commensurate increase in our understanding of our shared human condition. We believe that philosophy, broadly understood as the disciplined intellectual pursuit of wisdom, has a key role to play in making our complex reality more comprehensible and to prepare us to make wiser choices about our future.

Onora Sylvia O’Neill, Baroness of O’Neill of Bengarve was the recipient of the 2017 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture. Her work has elevated the quality of public life and improved the very vocabulary of public discourse. I am pleased that this important citizen philosopher has been awarded this year’s Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture,” stated Institute Founder and Chairman Nicolas Berggruen.

The inaugural recipient of the Berggruen Prize was the distinguished 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. 
 
The Berggruen Institute welcomes nominations of thinkers whose ideas have both intellectual depth and long-term social and practical value across nations and cultures. The winner of the 2018 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture will be named in October and celebrated at a gala event in December. 

The Berggruen Prize Jury
In 2018, two new members joined the Jury including distinguished Turkish novelist Elif Shafak and Australian philosopher David Chalmers. Kwame Anthony Appiah is the Jury Chairman and Craig Calhoun is the Senior Advisor overseeing the Berggruen Prize.

Top (L-R): Amartya Sen, Elif Shafak, Alison Simmons, Kwame Anthony Appiah. Bottom (L-R): Antonio Damasio, Amy Gutmann, Wang Hui, David Chalmers.

Kwame Anthony Appiah – Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University
David Chalmers – University Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science at New York University
Antonio Damasio – Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California
Amy Gutmann – President of the University of Pennsylvania     
Wang Hui – Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University
Amartya Sen – Nobel Laureate, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University
Elif Shafak – Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in Comparative European Literature at Oxford University
Alison Simmons – Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University

Former Members
Leszek Borysiewicz – Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Michael Spence – Nobel Laureate, Professor of Economics & Business at New York University
George Yeo – Former Foreign Minister of Singapore 

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