Siri Hustvedt

The Berggruen Prize
Mar 2022

Berggruen Institute

The Berggruen Prize

Siri was happy to accept an invitation to join the jury for the Berggruen Prize, an annual prize given for philosophy. Philosophers ask questions. The best ones challenge us to think again. If there ever was a time in my lifetime when we need to think again, it is now.

"The Berggruen Institute’s mission is to develop foundational ideas and shape political, economic, and social institutions for the 21st century. Providing critical analysis using an outwardly expansive and purposeful network, we bring together some of the best minds and most authoritative voices from across cultural and political boundaries to explore fundamental questions of our time. Our objective is enduring impact on the progress and direction of societies around the world. To date, projects inaugurated at the Berggruen Institute have helped develop a youth jobs plan for Europe, fostered a more open and constructive dialogue between Chinese leadership and the West, strengthened the ballot initiative process in California, and launched Noema, a new publication that brings thought leaders from around the world together to share ideas. In addition, the Berggruen Prize, a $1 million award, is conferred annually by an independent jury to a thinker whose ideas are shaping human self-understanding to advance humankind."