Thank you for profound food for thought

Dhey don’t always have the right answers ready either. But both at least ask the right questions to move society forward. That is why Lisa Herzog, the professor of political philosophy who teaches at the University of Groningen, and, a year later, the sociologist Armin Nassehi were awarded the Schader Prizes for 2022 and 2021 in Darmstadt on Wednesday evening. The double ceremony organized by the Schader Foundation was necessary because the professor, who conducts research at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University, was unable to accept the award, which is endowed with 15,000 euros, in front of an audience last year due to the corona virus.

But now around 150 guests had appeared to honor two outstanding personalities “to whom we owe profound food for thought”, as Tarek Al-Wazir (Die Grünen), the Hessian Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Energy, Transport and Housing, said in a welcoming speech. Social sciences have to find answers “to the complex challenges of our time: we have to counter global warming, keep up with digitization, manage global migration movements – and at the same time preserve social cohesion, prosperity and quality of life”. Words of praise were not only given to the two masterminds. Because the Schader Foundation itself is, according to Head of Department Michael Kolmer (Die Grünen), an indispensable “central hinge” of the 25-year-old science city of Darmstadt.

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