Awardees since 1995

Roger Berkowitz

Roger Berkowitz

2019

Law and political scientist, Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College (NY)

Jerome Kohn

Jerome Kohn

2019

Professor of Philosophy, Former Director of the Hannah Arendt Center at the New School for Social Research in New York and executor of Hannah Arendt’s estate

Ann Pettifor

Ann Pettifor

2018

British-South African economist and teaches at the Political Economy Research Centre of City University, London

Étienne Balibar

Étienne Balibar

2017

Until 2002 he taught political philosophy and moral philosophy at the University of Paris-Nanterre. Since the 1990ies he taught at several Universities in the US. Despite being retired, Balibar is currently a guest professor at Columbia University in New York

Christian Teichmann

Christian Teichmann

2016

Christian Teichmann teaches Eastern European History at the Institute for History of the Humboldt University Berlin.
In 2015 there was no prize awarded. „World in Pieces. Human Rights, Religion and political thinking today“ was the title of the conference that was hosted on the occasion of the 20 year jubilee of the “Hannah-Arendt-Prize for Political Thinking” on the 4th of December 2015 in the Bremen.

Juri Andruchowytsch

Juri Andruchowytsch

2014

Juri Andruchowytsch, Ukrainian poet, essayist, novelist, translator and theater-maker, and Nadeshda Tolokonnikowa and Marija Aljochina, performance artists from Russia.

 Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder

2013

Timothy Snyder, historian at Yale University

Yfaat Weiss

Yfaat Weiss

2012

historian at Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Navid Kermani

Navid Kermani

2011

German-Iranian journalist, author and orientalist, lives in Cologne

François Jullien

François Jullien

2010

French philosopher und sinologist, teaches in Paris

Kurt Flasch

Kurt Flasch

2009

historian of philosophy, specialized on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, author of numerous books

Victor Zaslavsky

Victor Zaslavsky

2008

Victor Zaslavsky (†), engineer und sociologist, taught political sociology in Rome

Tony Judt

Tony Judt

2007

Tony Judt (†), British historian and author, lived in New York

Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva

2006

literature theorist, psychoanalyst, writer and philosopher, lives in Paris

Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Vaira Vike-Freiberga

2005

psychologist and Latvian President from 1999 –2007

Ernst Wolfgang Böckenförde

Ernst Wolfgang Böckenförde

2004

Ernst Wolfgang Böckenförde (†), philosopher of law; lived in the Breisgau area

Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff

2003

Michael Ignatieff, publicist, author, professor for Human Rights Policy; lives in Boston

Gianni Vattimo

Gianni Vattimo

2002

Italian philosopher and politician; lives in Turin

Ernst Vollrath

Ernst Vollrath

2001

Ernst Vollrath (†), professor for political philosophy; lived in Cologne and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, publicist and politician; lives in Frankfurt on the Main

Jelena Bonner

Jelena Bonner

2000

Jelena Bonner (†), studied Literature and Medicine; lived in the US

Massimo Cacciari

Massimo Cacciari

1999

Italian philosopher and politician; lives in Milan

Antje Vollmer

Antje Vollmer

1998

publicist and politician; lives in Berlin and Claude Lefort (†), publicist and professor for political philosophy, lived in Paris

Freimut Duve

Freimut Duve

1997

Freimut Duve, publicist, editor and politician ; lives in Hamburg and Joachim Gauck, vicar und pastor, former German president; lives in Berlin

François Furet

François Furet

1996

François Furet (†), French historian; lived in Paris

Agnes Heller

Agnes Heller

1995

Agnes Heller, Hungarian philosopher; lives in the US and Hungary