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Iranian Scholar Gets UNESCO Award

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Active ImageIranian philosophy professor Karim Mojtahedi has received UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science at the 4th International Farabi Festival.

Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will send the gold medal to Tehran to be presented to the Iranian intellectual.

The scholar is the fourth Iranian scholar who has received the honor after Fatollah Mojtabai, Ali Shariatmadari and Seyyed Jafar Sajjadi.

Mojtahedi was also awarded a plaque of honor by Iran's Cultural Luminaries Association.

He is a professor at Tehran University and has published over 20 books on philosophy so far.

His latest book 'Hegel's Thoughts' will soon be released by Humanities and Cultural Studies Research Center.

The philosopher is to deliver a lecture in French at the World Philosophy Day Congress in Tehran slated for November 21-23 on the occasion of World Philosophy Day which will be celebrated on November 18, 2010 worldwide.

To mark the 1,000th birth anniversary of the most influential of Islam's philosopher-scientists, UNESCO established commemorative Avicenna Medal in 1980.

At the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, UNESCO established the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science in 2002.

The Prize is named after Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina — known in West as Avicenna — who was an eminent scientist and philosopher of the 10th and 11th centuries.

He combined the qualities of a physician, scholar and humanist in his search to an integrative approach to science and ethics. The Avicenna Prize honors someone who upholds the values he held dear.

Source: Press TV

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