American philosopher Michael J Sandel wins top Spanish prize

American political philosopher Michael J. Sandel has won Spain’s Princess of Asturias award for social sciences for his examines on republic, justice and ethics.

The prize organizers tell Sandel has made “exemplary works” on liberal democracy, becoming an influential figure around the world.

The announcement Wednesday said Sandel has taken political doctrine beyond academic circles and stimulated it accessible to the public, including on television and online. The Harvard professor has also criticized the influence of the business world on society.

The 50,000 -euro ($ 58,000) award is one of eight Asturias prizes handed out yearly by a foundation named for Crown Princess Leonor. Others categories include art, athletics and scientific research.

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