On November 6, 2013, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands presided over the 2013 Erasmusprijs held at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam.
During today’s ceremony His Majesty, as patron of the Stichting Praemium Erasmianum, presented this prestigious award to Mr. Jürgen Habermas.
Per the official website for the Stichting Praemium Erasmianum:
“The theme of the Erasmus Prize this year is ‘the future of democracy’. For over 50 years, Jürgen Habermas has been one of the leading thinkers in the fields of sociology, philosophy and politics.
Central in his thinking is democracy and the commitment of the citizens. He is sharp and critical in his political analysis, but at the same time optimistic about the future of a democratic Europe. He beliefs in the debate, in ratio as the source of politics and in the equality of man. With his humanistic views and commitment to the future of Europe he embodies the Erasmian values the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation holds so dear.
Jürgen Habermas is author of a vast body of work, in which he emphasizes the importance of dialogue, democracy and human dignity. Among his most important books are ‘Zur Strukturwandel der Oeffentlichkeit’(1962) and ‘Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns’ (1981). The present political and financial-economic crisis and the destiny of Europe are subject of his recent essay ‘Zur Verfassung Europas’ (2011).”
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