Harvard Professor Michael J. Sandel, Princess of Asturias Award
The Jury of the Princess of Asturias Award in Social Sciences 2018, gathered in the city of Oviedo on May 30th, 2018. Chaired by Carmen Iglesias Cano, Professor of the History of Ideas and Political Regimes at Complutense University, the Jury has decided to grant the Princess of Asturias Award in Social Sciences 2018 to Michael J. Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government Theory, of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
With this award, the Jury recognizes this Harvard Professor of political philosophy for his exemplary body of work about the normative foundations of liberal democracy and the defense of public virtue and the pluralistic conceptions of good in our societies. Apart from his public vision of justice, his work stands out for his critique on the excesses of the market economy and for promoting debate as the way to solve the most important moral dilemmas.
The Princess of Asturias Foundation contributes to the promotion of all scientific, cultural and humanistic values and, in keeping with these virtues, the award for Social Sciences celebrates exemplary work on, among other topics, liberal democracy and the defence of public virtues.
HM King Felipe VI of Spain has been the Honorary President of the Foundation since its creation in 1980. After he was crowned King of Spain on June 19, 2014, HRH Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias is the Honorary President of this Institution. HM King Felipe VI is also the Honorary President of our Institution, Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard.