International honour for St Andrews philosopher

Tuesday 6 July 2010

Dr Jens Timmermann of the Department of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews has been awarded the junior International Kant Prize in recognition of his contribution to Kant scholarship.

The prestigious prize is awarded by the Kant Society and the Silvestro Marcucci Foundation once every five years. Dr Timmermann’s certificate states:

“Jens Timmermann quickly established himself in international Kant scholarship as an authoritative interpreter of Kant’s moral philosophy. Within a few years he became widely known through a considerable number of publications that combine a deep understanding of Kant’s texts with defending a Kantian ethical position.”

The award, with a value of 5,000 euros, was made at a ceremony in Lucca, Italy, as part of the Eleventh International Kant Congress, held in Pisa in May.

At the ceremony, Dr Timmermann said:

“I was surprised and delighted to learn that I was going to receive this distinguished award. The prize money will be used to subsidise Kantian activities at the University of St Andrews, e.g. workshops, seminars and annual reading party in the Scottish Highlands; and maybe to support my own students – why should the junior prize should not benefit people more junior than myself?”

The senior International Kant Prize went to Professor Mario Caimi from the University of Buenos Aires.

Note to News Editors

Dr Timmermann is available for interview on (01334) 46 2468.

A photo of Dr Timmermann accepting his award is available, please contact press office on 01334 462 109.

Issued by the University of St Andrews

Contact; Emma Shea, Communications Manager, on 01334 462 109 or email [email protected]

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