UAE Book Award Rejected by Habermas

UAE Book Award Rejected by Habermas
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
This is what philosophers DO in the face of injustice.
“Prominent German philosopher Juergen Habermas said he will not accept a high-priced literary award from the United Arab Emirates, reversing an earlier decision.
The 91-year-old, who is considered Germany’s preeminent contemporary philosopher, told the German news site Spiegel Online: ‘I declared my willingness to accept this year’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award. That was a wrong decision, which I correct hereby.’”
“While describing itself as an “independent” initiative, the prize is administered by the Abu Dhabi culture and tourism authorities.
Habermas’ influential writings on human rights, morality and democracy, among other topics, have stirred debate in Germany and beyond.”
Ask me how much hope he gives me…
“Freedom may never be conceived merely negatively, as the absence of compulsion. Freedom conceived intersubjectively distinguishes itself from the arbitrary freedom of the isolated individual. No one is free until we are all free.” Habermas