Who knew there was quite so much money to be made out of an academic career in the study of political ideas? These are extraordinary sums of money.
* Charles Taylor won the 2007 Templeton Prize (Â£800,000!)
* Ronald Dworkin won the 2007 Holberg Prize ($750,000!)
* Quentin Skinner won the 2006 Balzan Prize (1m Swiss francs!)
* JÃ¼rgen Habermas won the 2005 Holberg Prize (NOK 4. 5 million!)