One year ago, the jurors for the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture were excited to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the 2019 recipient. We were thrilled to meet her at the award ceremony to celebrate her life and her influence on the law and social justice. Now, we mourn her death.
Along with all of our colleagues at the Berggruen Institute, we are saddened by the passing of a warm, witty, and remarkably strong human being. She was a crusader for social justice and equality. And as jurors who examined her writings, we are grateful for having learned from such a profound thinker. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s impressive contributions combined deep and creative intellectual engagement with astute strategy and lifelong dedication to advancing equal rights under the law.
As we wrote last year, “Few in our era have done more to bring vital philosophical ideas to fruition in practical affairs than Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has been both a visionary and a strategic leader in securing equality, fairness, and the rule of law not only in the realm of theory but in social institutions and the lives of individual people.”
In her passing, Ruth Bader Ginsburg strengthens our resolve to honor her work and defend her ideals.
The 2019 Berggruen Prize Jury
Anthony Appiah, Chair
On behalf of the Institute
Nicolas Berggruen, Chair
Dawn Nakagawa, Executive Vice-President
Craig Calhoun, Senior Advisor