The philosopher Charles Taylor has won the 2008 Kyoto Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Philosophy. The prize is awarded by the Inamori Foundation of Japan. Congrats, Chuck.
It is worth mentioning that this same prize was offered in 1999 to John Rawls, the master of us all. Rawls fought in the Pacific in WWII, and declined the prize upon learning that acceptance required him to have dinner with the Emperor of Japan. Fucking-a right on, Jack!
Apparently Taylor has no in-principle objection to dining with emperors and the like.