The Berggruen Institute seeks to identify and nurture new ideas that have the potential to shape a better human future. The institute is committed to science as a source of knowledge and innovation and to philosophy as a source of critical perspective and deeper understanding of the place and role of humanity in the world.
Each year, the institute offers the $1 million Berggruen Prize to a humanistic thinker whose ideas have helped humans find direction, wisdom, and self-understanding in a world being rapidly transformed by social, technological, political, cultural, and economic change.
While modernity has produced a dramatic expansion of knowledge, it has not delivered a commensurate increase in our understanding of our shared human condition. The Berggruen Institute believes that philosophy, broadly understood as the disciplined intellectual pursuit of wisdom, has a key role to play in making our complex reality more comprehensible and to prepare us to make wiser choices about our future.
The institute welcomes nominations of thinkers whose ideas have both intellectual depth and long-term social and practical value across nations and cultures.
See the Berggruen Institute's website for complete program guidelines, information about last year's prize recipient, and nomination instructions.