Baroness Onora O'Neill, philosophy professor and Kant scholar, receives the Holberg Prize 2017 for her distinguished and influential role in ethical and political philosophy.
The Holberg Prize is one of the largest international prizes awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, law or theology. 2017 Laureate Professor O'Neill is an Honorary Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the University of Cambridge, and a crossbench member of the House of Lords. She will receive the financial award of 4,5 million NOK (approx. GBP 430,000) during a formal ceremony at the University of Bergen, Norway, on 8 June.
The committee said: "O’Neill will receive the Prize for her distinguished and influential role in the field of philosophy and for shedding light on pressing intellectual and ethical questions of our time. Her contribution to our understanding of Immanuel Kant is regarded as transformative and has led to a renewed interest in his work. In particular, O’Neill has explored the requirements of public reason and how they relate to international justice and to the roles of trust and accountability in public life."