Peace Prize for Amartya Sen

The Indian economist and philosopher Amartya Sen has been awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

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Frankfurt/Main (dpa) – The Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2020 goes to Indian economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, as announced by the Foundation Council on Wednesday in Frankfurt/Main. The renowned prize is worth 25,000 euros and is presented to outstanding individuals in the fields of literature, scholarship or art who have contributed to realizing the idea of peace.

Sen was born in 1933 in Shantiniketan (in West Bengal) and lives in Cambridge (Massachusetts/USA). He won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998. The Foundation Council explained its choice on Wednesday, noting that “as a trailblazer, Sen has wrestled with questions of global justice for decades.” His works have, it said, contributed to combatting social injustice and are more relevant than ever today.

Sen’s key demands include “measuring social prosperity not solely in terms of economic growth, but always also as regards the development opportunities for the weakest,” said Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, Chairperson of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association and likewise of the Foundation Council. “His inspiring oeuvre is a call to promote a culture of political decisions that are driven by responsibility for others and that do not exclude anyone from the right to participate and to determine their own lives.”

Based in Frankfurt, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association has awarded the Peace Prize annually ever since 1950. The prize-giving ceremony traditionally takes place at the close of the Frankfurt Book Fair in the Paulskirche – this year, it will take place on 18 October.

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