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Oscar Horta wins Ferrater Mora Prize

3rd January 2008

Oscar Horta, professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, has won the Ferrater Mora Essay Prize, awarded jointly by the Ferrater Mora Foundation (Pennsylvania, USA) and the Ferrater Mora Chair of Contemporary Thought at the University of Girona (Catalonia, Spain). The winning entry, entitled “The Moral Philosophy of J. Ferrater Mora” examined Ferrater’s writing on moral issues, including his ideas on what has become known as “animal rights”. The prize is worth 6,000 Euros, and the winning entry is published in English as well as in its original language. A ceremony to bestow this prize will be held on 27th February, 2008 in Girona.

Óscar Horta Álvarez, born May 7, 1974 in Vigo, teaches in the Department of Logic and Moral Philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He is also a member of the Moral Philosophy research group at the University, and has been very active in circles promoting animal protection. Commenting on the award, the Chair of the Judges, Professor Cohn said: “It is a delight to see Ferrater Mora’s work being taken up by a younger generation of scholars, and especially his pioneering work in the field of animal ethics. My warmest congratulations to Professor Horta for his fine essay”.

The José Ferrater Mora Foundation was established shortly after the death of Ferrater Mora in 1991 to promote his work. The Ferrater Mora Chair of Contemporary Thought has been established at the University of Girona, which also houses Ferrater Mora’s library, including his manuscripts and letters. The Foundation also maintains an extensive website (