I’m a big fan of Professor Amartya Sen and he is in London all this week giving lectures to promote his new book: Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny. I’m currently reading it (along with a few others) and the first few chapters are very intellectually stimulating.
I’m told he is speaking at Asia House in London today evening, and is at another event (that I’ve forgotten) on Thursday.
Tomorrow he will be at the Nehru Centre in London. I’ll be attending this.
Wed 26 July 7.00 pm Discussion : Identity and Violence : The Illusion of Destiny
Prof Amartya Sen, Kamalesh Sharma and Tom Bentley
In this sweeping philosophical work, Amartya Sen proposes that the brutalities are driven as much by confusion as by inescapable hatred. Challenging the reductionist view that people of the world can be partitioned into little boxes in terms of civilizational categories, he draws on history, economics, science, literature, and his own memories of difficult as well as easy times on three continents to present an inspiring vision of a world that can be made to move toward peace as firmly as it has spiraled in recent years toward violence and war.
Prof Amartya Sen has written several books including Development as Freedom and the Argumentative Indian. He won the 1998 Nobel Prize in economics. Lamont Professor of Economics at Harvard University, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Cambridge, England.
H E Mr Kamalesh Sharma, High Commissioner of India to the UK, has earlier been Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN in New York and to the UN Offices in Geneva, and Ambassador of India to several countries.
Moderator : Dr Tom Bentley, is the Director of Demos, the independent think tank, since 1999, which has played a leading role in the formation of policy ideas and analysis of government reform over the last decade, also establishing an international profile as an independent source of ideas and innovation across a range of subjects. Tomâ€™s work focuses particularly on democracy and governance, public services and learning.
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