TITLE

First Kluge Prize Awarded

AUTHOR(S)
Fineberg, Gail
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Library of Congress Information Bulletin;Dec2003, Vol. 62 Issue 12, p291
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports on Leszek Kolakowski, a scholar, philosopher, historian and gifted writer whose works informed and inspired the anti-totalitarian youth movement inside his native Poland, who has been awarded the first John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences by the U.S. Library of Congress. The Kluge Prize is given for lifetime achievement in the humanities and social sciences, areas of scholarship for which there are no Nobel Prizes. These disciplines include philosophy, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, religion, linguistics and criticism in the arts and literature. According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, he thought it appropriate for this prize to be awarded in the U.S. because U.S. universities have made a great effort and great investment in studies of the humanities during the 20th century. Billington noted that the prize-winner is the author of more than 30 books and some 400 articles on all kinds of subjects in a wide variety of formats and in four languages, primarily in Polish but also in French, English and German. His principal lines of inquiry have been in the history of philosophy and the philosophy or religion.
ACCESSION #
13486872

 

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