Michel Serres, professor of French, wins Dan David Prize

Michel Serres, professor of French (photo by Linda A. Cicero)

MICHEL SERRES, professor of French, has been named one of five winners of the Dan David Prize from Tel Aviv University. Each year, three $1 million awards are made in three dimensions: past, present and future. Serres was recognized in the present dimension under “Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers,” along with Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic. The award ceremony will be held at Tel Aviv University on June 9.

Serres, who is currently in Paris, is one of France’s best-known public intellectuals and is one of the 40 “immortels” of the Académie Française. He has been teaching at Stanford since 1984. He also teaches at the Université de Paris.

Serres was recognized as “one of the most important modern French philosophers” and “for his intimate knowledge of the Western tradition in philosophy and science and for his discussion of a vast range of current questions.”

According to a press release, the prize was founded in 2002 to recognize and encourage “innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world.”

See the 2009 video of Serres and ROBERT HARRISON, the Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature, discussing his work.