NYU's Nagel Receives Sweden's Schock Prize for Scholarship in "Logic and Philosophy"


New York University Philosophy Professor Thomas Nagel has received a 2008 Rolf Schock Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced. Nagel, whose research centers on political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of mind, received the prize in the category of “Logic and Philosophy.”

New York University Philosophy Professor Thomas Nagel
New York University Philosophy Professor Thomas Nagel

New York University Philosophy Professor Thomas Nagel has received a 2008 Rolf Schock Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced. Nagel, whose research centers on political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of mind, received the prize in the category of “Logic and Philosophy.”

Other winners of the Schock Prize, which is awarded every three years, are: Endre Szemerédi, a professor at Rutgers University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (“Mathematics”); artist Mona Hatoum (“Visual Arts”); and musician Gidon Kremer (“Musical Arts”). Each winner receives a cash prize of 500,000 Swedish Kronor (approx. $85,000). The prize-awarding ceremony will take place this October in Stockholm.

Nagel, who also holds an appointment in NYU’s School of Law, is a University Professor at NYU, a title conferred upon outstanding scholars in recognition of the interdisciplinary dimension and breadth of their work. His published works include the following: The Possibility of Altruism (Oxford, 1970, reprinted Princeton, 1978), Mortal Questions (Cambridge, 1979), The View From Nowhere (Oxford, 1986), What Does It All Mean? (Oxford, 1987), Equality and Partiality (Oxford, 1991), Other Minds (Oxford, 1995), The Last Word (Oxford, 1997), The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice, co-authored with Liam Murphy (Oxford, 2002), and Concealment and Exposure (Oxford, 2002).

A recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Mellon Foundati 500

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