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Balzan Foundation announced 2008 prize winners
Date:9/8/2008

One million Swiss Francs (around $ 885 thousand, 400 thousand) for each of the four subjects. Half of the amount must be destined by the winners to research projects

Milan, 8 September 2008 - The names of the 2008 Balzan Prize winners were announced today in a public event:

  • Maurizio Calvesi (Italy), Universit di Roma "La Sapienza", for the Visual Arts since 1700
  • Thomas Nagel (USA), University of New York, for Moral Philosophy
  • Ian H. Frazer (Australia) Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, for Preventive Medicine, including Vaccination
  • Wallace S. Broecker (USA), Columbia University, New York, for Science of Climate Change.

The profiles of the winners and the motivations of the awards were presented by several members of the General Prize Committee.

Dmitry O. Shvidkovsky (Rector of Moscow Institute of Architecture; Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts; Fellow of the Russian Academy of Architecture) read the motivation for the assignment of the Prize for Visual Arts since 1700 to Maurizio Calvesi: "For his outstanding work on modern and contemporary visual art which has contributed to a better understanding of the nature and development of modernism as well as to the study of the origin of new trends in contemporary art".

Salvatore Veca (Professor of Political Philosophy and Vice-Chairman of the Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS) of Pavia) read the motivation for the assignment of the Prize for Moral Philosophy to Thomas Nagel: "For his fundamental and innovative contributions to contemporary ethical theory, relating to both individual, personal choices and collective, social decisions. For the depth and coherence of his original philosophical perspective, that is focused on the essential tension between an objective and subjective point of view and for the originality and fecundity of his philosophic
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