Amartya Sen: The Idea of Justice in India
Amartya Sen, Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University has been called the "conscience of his profession" for his work on famine, poverty, gender inequality, human development theory, and welfare economics. He is a distinguished economist-philosopher who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998. From 1998 to 2004, he was Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University, becoming the first Indian academic to head an Oxbridge college. He is a trustee of Economists for Peace and Security and former honorary president of Oxfam. He has received over 80 honorary doctorates and his books have been translated into more than 30 languages.
Much of Dr. Sen's work reflects his perspective that social justice is more than a matter of intellectual discourse, and that the idea of justice influences how'and how well'people live. In his latest book, The Idea of Justice, Dr. Sen offers a powerful critique of mainstream theories of justice. Instead of focusing on the nature of a perfectly just society, Dr. Sen argues for a comparative perspective that can guide people in the real choices that they make.
The Idea of Justice has been chosen as an Economist "Best Book of 2009" and a New Statesman "Top Ten Book of the Decade."
Dr. Sen will sign books after the event.
Co-sponsored by the India Community Center