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Honoring Excellence

From time to time, Carnegie Corporation of New York bestows special awards and honors, often in conjunction with other organizations founded by Andrew Carnegie, on individuals who embody our founder’s philanthropic spirit, or whose work aligns with our mission to “promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”

Bestowing Awards Since

2001
An Aristocrat of the Soul

An Aristocrat of the Soul

What is the difference between knowledge and know-how? This ancient riddle lies at the heart of Abraham Flexner’s essay The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (1939), recently reissued by Princeton University Press with an introduction by Robbert Dijkgraaf. Flexner’s classic defense of intellectual and spiritual freedom raises the question of whether the pursuit of academic excellence can remain — or should even try to remain — politically neutral.

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