BERLIN (AP) – Prominent German philosopher Jürgen Habermas said on Sunday that he would not accept an expensive literary prize from the United Arab Emirates, reversing an earlier decision.
The 91-year-old man, who is considered the most prominent contemporary philosopher in Germany, told the German news site Spiegel Online that “I have expressed my desire to accept this year’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award. It was the wrong decision, which I correct with this. “
In a statement sent to Spiegel Online by his publisher Suhrkamp Verlag, Habermas added: “I have not sufficiently clarified the close connection of the institution that awards these awards in Abu Dhabi with the existing political system there. ”
The front page of the Zayed Book Award states that Habermas was named “Cultural Person of the Year”
It says that the winners in each of the eight categories of the prize receive a prize of 750,000 dirhams from the UAE ($ 204,200).