Hans Ringier Foundation: Peter Sloterdijk awarded the European Prize for Political Culture 2021

Endowed with EUR 50,000, the 2021 European Prize for Political Culture has been awarded by the Hans Ringier Foundation to philosopher Peter Sloterdijk. The prize serves to honour great European thinkers. The European Prize for Political Culture, now presented for the fifteenth time, has previously been awarded to Jean-Claude Juncker, Boris Tadić, Jürgen Habermas, Pascal Lamy, Jean-Claude Trichet, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Donald Tusk, Wolfgang Schäuble, Heinrich August Winkler, Mario Draghi, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Margrethe Vestager, Sir Christopher Munro Clark and Zuzana Caputová.

The Hans Ringier Foundation has today awarded Peter Sloterdijk the European Prize for Political Culture in Ascona, Switzerland. «This German philosopher’s provocative ideas have shaped the thinking of his contemporaries, not infrequently in the political sphere as well. He is an enduring heir to the republican ideal of civic society in its most positive sense. Peter Sloterdijk draws attention to our western enlightenment-oriented civilization’s contradictions, as well as affirmative aspects», said Frank A. Meyer, President of the Hans Ringier Foundation, speaking of this year’s award recipient.
Christian Lindner, Leader of Germany’s Free Democratic Party and member of the German Bundestag, praised the award winner in his own speech: «Peter Sloterdijk is the master of intellectual provocation. His political ideas are like experiments that, among other things, observe the reflexes of underlying conflicting opinions. These rarefied contributions stimulate and foster self-reflection in our political culture. His linguistic innovations not only express observations but are also a testament to his subtle sense of humour. No other contemporary intellectual succeeds at conveying both wisdom and humour in such a way».
The award ceremony was part of the traditional Dîner Républicain, an annual event to which Frank A. Meyer invites attendees at the Hotel Castello del Sole in Ascona.

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Frank A. Meyer | Christian Lindner | Peter Sloterdijk

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