Frenchman and American share US humanities prize

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WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (AFP) - A French philospher and a US historian are sharing this year's USD 1 million (EUR 750,500) John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences, officials at the US Library of Congress announced Monday.

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (AFP) - A French philospher and a US historian are sharing this year's USD 1 million (EUR 750,500)  John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences, officials at the US Library of Congress announced Monday.

Paris-based philosopher Paul Ricoeur "is a philosopher who draws on the entire tradition of western philosophy to explore and explain common problems: What is a self? How is memory used and abused? What is the nature of responsibility?" said the US Librarian of Congress, historian James Billington, as he made the announcement.

Ricoeur "insists on the centrality of interpretation for humanistic learning; he has rehabilitated the Western humanistic tradition as an interconnected fabric of meaning," the Library said in a statement.

Billington described Harvard University professor Jaroslav Pelikan as a historian "who deals with the whole of the Christian tradition from the ancient Near East to the present," who is "concerned with the history and practice of worship in its doctrinal and creedal forms over two millennia."

Pelikan's work "has drawn together and commented upon two millennia of documents concerning the doctrines and the practice of Christian worship, from the early Middle East through European and American Catholicism and Protestantism to the Orthodoxy of churches of the East," according to the Library.

The Kluge prize is for lifetime achievement in the humanities and social sciences - "areas of scholarship for which there are no Nobel Prizes," according to the organisers.

That includes disciplines such as anthropology, criticism in the arts and literature, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology.

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