Holberg 2014 Ceremony and Lecture: Dr. Michael Cook, Princeton University

At this Holberg Award Ceremony and Lecture, 2014 Holberg prize recipient Historian Michael Cook spoke of his work on the history of the Islamic world and Islam in history. In his brief presentation, Cook gave a rare inflective autobiographical sketch into his early ventures in archeology and how other early formative “mental habits” impacted his work as a British historian. The task of the historian, much like that of the archeologist, he described, is to “reconstitute the past from the fragmentary evidence that survives from it”. 

2013 Holberg Prize Lecture: Professor Bruno Latour

Holberg 2013 Ceremony and Lecture Click here for the video of the ceremonial lecture.  In this Holberg Award Ceremony and Lecture video, 2013 Holberg prize recipient Professor Bruno Latour speaks on  his work in re-thinking “Science Studies” and how it has blazed new paths in ethnographic methodology and concepts for modern scientific collectivities. He argues that his work has succeeded in bringing down science from the exclusive and constraining domain of epistemology into new grounds of “laboratories, instruments, institutions” and “socio-technical networks”. This has permitted scientific cognition and space to truly cultivate and… Read More

World Prizes in Philosophy Series: The Holberg Prize

  The Norwegian Parliament, Holberg Prize Committee, Holberg Board, Twitter: @holbergprisen We will be inaugurating this month at Integrating Horizons a new Series in #Prizes in Philosophy, covering major international prizes awarded in philosophy and other fields in the humanities. The purpose is to place further spotlight on the organizations that contribute to interdisciplinary and intercultural issues. The first prize in the series we will be putting the spotlight is the Holberg Prize — a USD 790 000 (EUR 610 000) granted on an annual basis for outstanding contributions in the arts, humanities, social sciences,… Read More

Professor Jürgen Habermas: Interview on Modernity, Communicative Reason and the Holbergprisens

The Holberg Prize Laureate 2005, Professor Jürgen Habermas In this rare interview, Professor Jürgen Habermas speaks about the philosophical role of religious traditions in secular modernity and the prestigious awarding of the 2005 Holbergprisens (The Holberg Prize). In the interview, Professor Habermas argues that modern society depends on not only the perpetuation of new technologies but also on the critique and the subjective reinterpretation of its built-in religious and moral traditions that give secular society its meaningful political and social orientations. “Society is not only depending on technologies and their knowledge which… Read More