King of Spain gives Asturias Award to Sandel

first_imgIn a ceremony last month in Oviedo, Spain, King Felipe VI presented Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel with the 2018 Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.  The Asturias Awards, the most prestigious in the Spanish-speaking world, recognize outstanding achievement in eight categories, including science, literature, the arts, and concord.Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, received the award along with filmmaker Martin Scorsese (Arts), Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo (Science), and oceanographer Sylvia Earle (Concord).In conferring the Social Science award on Sandel, the King cited his “extraordinary ability” to promote “dialogue and public debate [about] justice and the common good,” and to make these questions part of “people’s daily life.”Michael Sandel is recognized for his work “on the normative foundations of liberal democracy as well as the defense of civic virtues and the diverse ways of conceiving good in our societies.”Sandel’s books — on justice, democracy, ethics, and markets — relate the enduring questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time and have been translated into 29 languages.The award ceremony, held in the resplendent Belle-Époque Teatro Campoamor, was televised live on Spanish national television. Cheering crowds serenaded by bagpipe players in traditional garb lined the streets of Oviedo, a regional capital in northern Spain, as the laureates and their royal hosts made their way to the theater.In his speech accepting the award, Sandel explained how his interest in political philosophy came late, during graduate school, and grew out of a long-standing fascination with politics and economics.“What attracted me to philosophy was not its abstraction but its inescapability, and the light it sheds on our everyday lives. Understood in this way, philosophy belongs not only in the classroom but in the public square, where citizens reason and argue about the common good,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more


Holgate signs Everton deal

first_imgEverton have completed the signing of teenage defender Mason Holgate from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, understood to be an initial £1million. Martinez said: “I have said before the player (Stones) is not for sale and that is the end of it. “Our situation has been very clear from the beginning. We are not a selling club who will lose our best performers. “His performance at the weekend was very strong and for a young man to come up with that leadership is a real sign of what he is as a footballer. “He is very important player for us and we are looking forward to seeing the best of John over the next few seasons, not just the next few weeks.” England centre-back Stones has been the subject of two failed bids from Chelsea, the last worth £26million, but Jose Mourinho shows no signs of giving up his pursuit while Manchester United and Manchester City have also been linked with the 21-year-old. Holgate is a product of the same Oakwell academy as Stones, who Everton signed from Barnsley for £3million in January 2013. Since Holgate made his Sky Bet League One debut last December, comparisons have been made with the England international. But Holgate has made only 22 first-team appearances for Barnsley and Martinez is keen to play those down. Holgate, 18, has put pen to paper on a five-year deal, keeping him at Goodison Park until 2020. But Everton have insisted Holgate has not been signed as a potential replacement for John Stones, who will not be sold to Chelsea, according to manager Roberto Martinez. “Mason, at 18, has already played 20 games in League One and that shows the potential he has,” Martinez added. “He will be a phenomenal young prospect coming into that golden generation we feel we have at the club and he will be a good one for the future. “Mason is a completely different type of player to John but in terms of personality and character they are very similar.” Holgate had been linked with a move to Manchester United after spending time on trial with the club earlier in the summer, but an expected bid never materialised, while Bournemouth and Newcastle had also been interested. Press Associationlast_img read more