2016 Madame de Staël Prize
French philosopher Rémi Brague awarded the 2016 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values
To commemorate his extensive scholarly work on religions in Europe and his reflections on European society, the French philosopher Rémi Brague was the third scholar to be awarded the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. His research is an important reference point for the comprehensive understanding of the relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam today.
The President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, opened the 17th ALLEA General Assembly and welcomed the participants of the scientific symposium The Freedom of Scientific Research in the Face of Political and Societal Demands, which took place at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna on 18 April 2016. At the award ceremony, Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations and former Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research, handed the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values to French philosopher Rémi Brague. The prize was initiated by ALLEA in 2014 with the friendly support of the Stiftung Mercator.
Upon handing over the prize to Professor Brague, Commissioner Johannes Hahn, expressed that:
“The prize gives humanities a true European framework and helps establishing a distinct European cultural identity. I warmly congratulate today’s laureate Rémi Brague for his distinct contribution, and ALLEA for the tireless effort of working on a better Europe.”
ALLEA President and chairman of the prize jury, Professor Günter Stock, stated that “Rémi Brague uses his extensive historical, philosophical and theological expertise to study the question what makes Europe a distinct cultural entity.”