Honourable Rector and other friends:
I feel very deeply privileged to be here today: both for the honour that this great university is bestowing on me, and also for my being in such distinguished company of fellow recipients of honorary degrees. I am also immensely grateful for the University's generous statement on my work, and for the kind attention that Professor Hans Alma and Professor Henk Manschot have given to my writings. I would like to begin by expressing my deep appreciation of this wonderful educational institution, and also congratulating the University of Humanistic Studies for its wonderful work over the last 25 years - a productive period in which the University has advanced the pursuit of critically important paths of new social research and teaching. I take the liberty of speaking on behalf of all of us who are being honoured here today -we are indeed most grateful.