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:: DK: Habermas modtager Kyoto-prisen (12-06-2004 11:36)
Habermas tildeles den japanske Kyoto-pris.

Prisen uddeles af Inamori Foundation og gives til personer ”who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind”. Prisen består af en guld-medalje og 50 mio. yen (ca. 400.000 euro).

Prisoverrækkelsen finder sted 10. november 2004 i Kyoto.

I begrundelsen for at tildele prisen til Habermas hedder det:
"Philosopher Prof. Jürgen Habermas will receive the award for achievements in social philosophy, in particular his establishment of the communicative action theory and discourse ethics.

Prof. Habermas has earned a place among Germany's foremost modern philosophers by pioneering the synthesis of theory and practice from the perspective of "communicative action," an idea that, through language, people can pursue and achieve mutual understanding and agreement. In the 1970s, Prof. Habermas assimilated British and American analytic philosophy into his studies of social philosophy at the Frankfurt School, compiling his findings in his book, The Theory of Communicative Action. In this work, he explores the strength that is found in "communicative rationality," which allows people to engage in dialogue without violence or oppression. Discourse ethics proved a natural progression as it provided a foundation for the construction of universal social norms based on his communication theory. This is evidenced by Habermas' consistent commitment to the elimination of discrimination and violence and the establishment of relationships of coexistence among free and autonomous people. Today, Prof. Habermas continues to actively address social and political issues, thereby affecting German and European public policy through the fields of sociology, political science, law, history and geography. In the midst of divergent worldviews, he has raised the banner of universalism, continuing to support the ideals of individual rights, political freedom, democracy, and the belief that humanity still possesses the ability to positively influence its future."

Om Kyoto-prisens idegrundlag siger grundlæggeren Kazuo Inamori:
”Mankind's future is assured only when there is a balance between our scientific developments and our psychological maturity. Today, we are rushing ahead with incredible scientific and technological achievements, while understanding of our emotional and psychological development lags deplorably. There are positive and negative sides to everything – the yin and the yang, the light and the dark – and equilibrium can be maintained only when there is balanced development and awareness of both sides of this duality. An unhealthy emphasis on either side to the detriment of the other can only result in upsetting the natural balance and contribute to human misery. It is my hope that these Kyoto Prizes will encourage balanced development of both our scientific and our spiritual sides, and hence provide new impetus toward the structuring of new philosophical paradigms.”
Thomas Gregersen