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Sanguinetti criticises the University of Alicante's dogmatisms and puts the blame of suffering and arbitrariness on exacerbated nationalism

Gonzalez, Lagos, Betancur and Slim, among the attendees at his inauguration ceremony as Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Alicante




Alicante. Thursday, 15 October 2015

Former president of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay elected twice (l985-l990, 1995-2000), lawyer, historian, sociologist, and especially, how he likes to call himself, journalist, Julio Maria Sanguinetti has been part of the cloister illustrious doctors of the University of Alicante. His inauguration as Doctor Honoris Causa was held in the Auditorium, chaired by UA president Manuel Palomar and attended by presidents of government from several Latin American countries like Felipe Gonzalez, Ricardo Lagos, and Belisario Betancur, businesspeople like Carlos Slim, Alejandro Bulgheroni and Enrique Manhard, politicians and senior officers from international organisations, such as Rebeca Grynspan and academicians such as Natalio Botana.

During his speech, Sanguinetti called for tolerance as the basis of freedom. He criticised dogmatisms, from which -as he assured “we politicians are not free when we lose the value of individual freedom and respect for minorities" and defended universities as generators of ideas for civilisations to evolve. He attacked all forms of fundamentalism, either applied to religion or politics, and even to science, that he said is "liberation but it can also be destruction" and described it as "very dangerous when it transcends accuracies and overflows its own personalities. Morality and ethics, he said, should be the channels to make progress with reason.

Uruguayan former president and now president of the Circulo de Montevideo said that "we love beauty with simplicity and knowledge without arrogance," and ended his speech with a quote from the School of Athens: "Poverty is no shame, but doing nothing to overcome it is"

Also, UA president Manuel Palomar referred to the key strategies and proposals for action adopted at the Third International Meeting of Universia Presidents held in Rio de Janeiro in July 2014, known as the Carta Universia Rio 2014. Palomar has focused University of Alicante on these objectives of impulse to "a Latin American Space for socially responsible Knowledge" and mentioned the academic, scientific, cultural and social commitment to Latin America. According to UA president, the inauguration of Sanguinetti - "the second Uruguayan who honours us being in our top honorees frame, after Mario Benedetti, whose library we research, disseminate and guard in Madrid"- we reinforce our commitment to Latin American.

The new honoree doctor was sponsored by University of Alicante Professor of Political Science and Public Administration José Manuel Canales, who stressed "the great consistency in his life story, as well as his political, literary and dissemination career", but especially his political leadership as he believed, practiced and always defended democracy, and was the driving force of transition in his country and an undeniable leader in the Latin American continent. Canales also summarised the three essential roles of the honoree, the first as an experienced politician and statesman; second, an academician and acclaimed intellectual and, third, as a columnist in various media



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