Muhammad Ali: Prize Money and American Philosopher
muhammad ali: Maybe it's time to rethink that priority, according to Rabble. I can't imagine the death of an American philosopher or literary writer drawing such a large crowd. Was it for a famous pop star, a beloved politician or a nationally treasured athlete Nope, it was the funeral of Jean-Paul Sartre, the French existential philosopher and winner of the Nobel prize in literature which he refused, along with the 500,000 prize money, out of concern it would compromise his independent thinking . In America, that mass public display of grief and affection is usually reserved for pop culture icons, not unapologetic intellectuals. But we do turn out for our fallen sports heroes Babe Ruth had 150,000 at his funeral and Muhammad Ali had 100,000. On the other hand, how many attended the 1996 funeral of equally deserving American poet laureate Joseph Brodsky, an immigrant who won the Nobel prize in literature in 1987 I don't know the answer because the information isn't even available. Both well deserved. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.