The Senator Giovanni Agnelli International Prize

“On March 5, 1990, in Turin, the second Senator Giovanni Agnelli International Prize for the Ethical Dimension in Advanced Societies was awarded to Amartya Sen. The prize was awarded for the first time in 1988 to Sir Isaiah Berlin.

“The winner was chosen by a jury, nominated and presided over by the chairman of Fiat, Giovanni Agnelli, and made up of Helmut Schmidt, Giovanni Spadolini, Roger Fauroux, and Felix Rohatyn, on the basis of a list of candidates proposed by the general secretariat of the prize, which is administered by the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation.

“The aim of this biennial prize, established by the Fiat company, is to draw attention to the need for reflection on the role of ethical principles in modern society. Economic, scientific, and technological progress has been accompanied by a growing uncertainty about the moral and cultural values that are fundamental to modern society. The prize, by recognizing outstanding contributions to our understanding of the ethical dimension in modern society, seeks to strengthen public thought and action concerning the ethical problems that confront us.”

From a statement by the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation


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