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On Sunday, 13 March 2022, the first Gadamer Prize was awarded to the American philosopher Charles Larmore. As an opening to the festive event, Carsten Dutt spoke as president of the Hans-Georg Gadamer Society in the old auditorium of Heidelberg University. Remarks were subsequently offered to those in attendance by Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidemüller, vice-rector of the University of Heidelberg, and Andrea Gadamer, the daughter of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst of Goethe University Frankfurt delivered the laudation for Charles Larmore under the title “Getting to the Bottom of Things” (“Auf den Grund gehen”). The prizewinner offered an acceptance speech under the title “An Intellectual Connection from Afar” (“Eine Geistesverwandtschaft aus der Ferne”), a philosophical self-portrait in critical dialogue with Gadamer’s hermeneutics. Following the prize ceremony, the Gadamer grantees for the year 2022 were announced—Max Forster (Stanford University, USA) and Janice Trinh (Université de Montréal, Canada).

Call for Proposals

For the year 2023, the Hans-Georg Gadamer Society for Hermeneutic Philosophy is awarding, in an amount of 2000 Euro each, two Gadamer Grants for the recognition and financial support of scholarly projects that deal with the published works of Hans-Georg Gadamer in a philosophically relevant fashion or that concern the non-edited portions of his unpublished papers contained in the German Literary Archive in Marbach (DLA) and in small part in the university archives of the University of Heidelberg.

Applications are open to exam candidates in courses of study at the master or magister levels who are pursuing promising thesis or essay projects as well as to doctoral students or those who have already completed their doctoral studies no more than two years ago.

Application materials may be submitted in German or in English. They should contain the following documents:

  • a project description of five pages in length (1.5 spacing, font size 12 pt)
  • an abstract of no more than 250 words in length
  • a cover letter of no more than one page in length
  • a CV in tabular form
  • copies of certificates and a list of publications, if the candidate has published
  • a project-related letter of recommendation from an instructor at an institute of higher education.

The grantees and the topics of their grants will be announced on 13 March 2023. It is expected that the results of the recognized projects will be published by the grantees.

Applications are to be directed per email to the president of the Hans-Georg Gadamer Society at the following address:

Applications close on 31 January 2023.