The Jakarta Post
Pluralism icon Franz Magnis-Suseno, who is also a cultural observer, has won the 2015 Roosseno Award for his role in providing inspiration in the field of humanism for the sake of material and spiritual prosperity of the Indonesian people.
'In 2014, the Roosseno Award was granted to Prof. Habibie for his expertise in science and technology, and now the same award has been presented to Prof. Franz Magnis-Suseno for his role in the field of humanism or socioculture and to acknowledge his expertise in the field of Javanese philosophy and ethics,' said Oktroi Roosseno Bureau president director Toeti Heraty N. Roosseno in Jakarta on Sunday.
The 2015 Roosseno Award was presented to Franz Magnis, who is a Catholic priest, in Jakarta on Saturday evening. The award was presented to the scholar based on an assessment by a team comprising Muslim intellectual Ahmad Syafi'i Maarif, University of Indonesia (UI) sociologist Tamrin Amal Tomagola, Paramadina University political analyst Yudi Latif and feminist and astronomer Karlina Supelli, who is also philosopher and lecturer at the Driyarkara School of Philosophy.
'There are many similarities between Franz Magnis and Roosseno. They both loved traveling by motorbike and came from families divided by war,' said Toeti.
Roosseno Soerjohadikoesoma was widely known as the father of Indonesia's reinforced concrete construction system. Roosseno was the public works minister in 1953 in the Ali Sastroamidjojo Cabinet.
Ahmad Syafi'i said it was possible that Franz Magnis' commitment to Indonesia could go beyond the devotion of average Indonesians to their country.
'Prof. Magnis has not only mastered Marxism through Karl Marx' popular work 'Das Kapital', which once shocked the capitalist world, but also learned Javanese culture, which is 'cool and calm', and it has been a focus of his studies since he moved to Indonesia,' he said.
Franz Magnis was born into a Germany aristocratic family and was named Franz Graf von Magnis before he became an Indonesian citizen.
'I don't think I belong to the category of people who deserve this award. I'm touched to receive this trust,' said the philosopher, who last week received a Bintang Mahaputra Medal from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. (ebf)(++++)