Professor Paweł Śpiewak, Michał Łuczewski and Assiociation in aid of the Disabled SPES from Katowice are all the laureates of this year Józef Tischner Znak and Hestia Award. The director of the Jewish Historical Institute, a professor of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw, a sociologist and historian of ideas, Paweł Śpiewak was given the award in the category of “religious or philosophical writing which constitutes the continuation of thinking in by values”. The professor was honored for his lifetime achievements, in which he convincingly combines together sociology, philosophy, history, ethics, religion and politics. He is not afraid to take up difficult subjects, trusting that thorough and responsible thinking serves the common good”.
The award has been given since 2001 in three categories: religious or philosophical writing, which constitutes the continuation of Tischner’s “thinking by values”; opinion journalism on social subjects, which teaches the Polish to accept “the unfortunate gift of freedom” and pastoral and social initiatives, co-creating “the Polish form of dialogue”. In previous years the laureates of the award included, among others, Jan Nowak Jeziorański, Ryszard Kapuściński, Janina Ochojska, Henryka Krzywonos-Strycharska, Barbara Skarga, ks. Michał Heller, Wojciech Jagielski, s. Małgorzata Chmielewska.