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The Outsider

The Internationale Spinozaprijs Foundation honours Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) as its ‘departed thinker’ within the theme ‘The Outsider’. Arendt spent her entire life researching the deeper layer beneath –and behind– the political topicality of the past and present. Her way of thinking is characterised by its starting point: the accurate perception of concrete situations. In addition, she puts mankind and personal responsibility above all, and she instructs us to approach the world unfalteringly, to understand it better, and to act in it freely and together with others.

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.


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