GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 13, 2006 - Dr. Jan Kłos of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in Poland is the winner of the 2006 Novak Award and its associated $10,000 prize.
An assistant professor with the department of Philosophy's Chair of Social and Political Ethics, Dr. Kłos began teaching in Lublin in 1999. He has a specific interest in the history of economic freedom, nineteenth century liberalism, and dialogue between modernity and Christian thought. Dr. Kłos is a member of the Learned Society of John Paul II at the Catholic University of Lublin and a member of International Centre of Newman Friends in Rome, Italy. In 2001, he wrote a prize winning essay for the Bastiat competition at the University of Aix-Marseilles. Dr. Kłos is widely published in Polish, American, and other foreign journals, and has had two books published on the thought of John Henry Newman. As well as being the author of Certitude versus Uncertainty: A Sketch on John Henry Newman's Philosophy of Faith,“ Dr. Kłos has published in journals such as Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines andthe Journal of Markets & Morality . Dr. Kłos is currently completing a book on the relationship between nineteenth century liberalism and Christianity.
The Novak Award is named after the theologian and social philosopher, Michael Novak. This award acknowledges and rewards those who, relatively early in their academic career, have made significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and those conditions that favor economic liberty, and who are deemed likely to make further important contributions to the study and promotion of such ideas. Recipients of the Novak Award make a formal presentation on such questions at an annual public forum known as the Calihan Lecture. The Novak award forms part of a range of scholarships and awards available from the Acton Institute. Details of these scholarships may be found at www.acton.org/programs/students/ .