Lauener Prize for
Professor Sir Michael Dummett
(Wykeham Professor of Logic, Emeritus, at Oxford University)
Lauener Prize for an Outstanding Oeuvre in Analytical Philosophy
Prizewinner 2010: Professor Sir Michael Dummett
Wednesday 26 May 2010, Bern, Switzerland
The fourth recipient of the Lauener Prize for an Outstanding Oeuvre in Analytical Philosophy is
Sir Michael Dummett, Wykeham Professor of Logic, Emeritus, at Oxford University. The Lauener
Prize 2010 is given for Dummett’s body of philosophical work.
Sir Michael Dummett is a classical exponent of 20th century analytical philosophy and one of
the most creative and influential European philosophers of modern times. He has done
ground-breaking work in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Logics and Mathematics,
in Metaphysics as well as in Epistemology, Metaphilosophy, Philosophy of Religion and
Philosophy of Time.
His pioneering works in the History of Philosophy
– including his interpretations of the work of Frege and of Wittgenstein as well as his
critical study of the dispute between Intuitionism and Platonism – have shaped important
contemporary debates, in particular about the distinction between Realism and Anti-Realism
and about the origins of Analytical Philosophy.
Moreover he has brought philosophical aspects to bear on social, political and moral issues by publishing works on voting systems as well as on immigration law and civil rights. Also, he has been giving new impetus to discussions of cultural issues such as Roman Catholic doctrine or the history of the Tarot. What is more, he has repeatedly put his ideas into effect in major fields of public life, above all as a vigorous campaigner against racism.