Today, on Spinoza’s birth date, we also present the Spinozalens laureate of 2016: an influential contemporary thinker with an eye for ‘ The Outsider’.
The laureate of 2016 is Kwame Anthony Appiah (1955), a British-Ghanaian philosopher and writer. Appiah has worked in the United States since 1981 and currently is a professor at New York University. Among other things, Appiah wrote the widely accessible book Cosmopolitism, a moral manifesto in which he argues that art and literature should play a larger role in our cultural-societal consciousness, and in which he deals with our stereotypes about ‘the West and the rest’. In his work In my Father’s House, Appiah shows how African identity and heritage resonate in African American history.
On 24 November 2016, the Spinozalens laureate will be presented with a sculpture of Spinoza and a sum of €10.000 by the mayor of Amsterdam. This ceremony, which will take place in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam, will include the presentation of a special edition introducing the laureate’s work.
Like previous ‘departed thinkers’ Spinoza, Rousseau and Kant, Arendt will be honoured with an introduction for secondary and higher education. This introduction, which was written by Thinker Laureate of the Netherlands Marli Huijer and Frank Meester, will be published in 2016.
The activities of the Internationale Spinozaprijs Foundation are sponsored by: SHV Holdings NV, Van Dijk Education (title sponsors), the City of Amsterdam, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Humanist Association, and the M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt Foundation. Royal Boom Publishers provides the special edition of the book.