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Amartya Sen


  • Page extent: 240 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.32 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521618069)

Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1998 'for his contributions in welfare economics'. Although his primary academic appointments have been mostly in economics, Sen is also an important and influential social theorist and philosopher. His work on social choice theory is seminal, and his writings on poverty, famine, and development, as well his contributions to moral and political philosophy, are important and influential. Sen's views about the nature and primacy of liberty also make him a major contemporary liberal thinker. This volume of essays on aspects of Sen's work is aimed at a broad audience of readers interested in social theory, political philosophy, ethics, public policy, welfare economics, the theory of rational choice, poverty, and development. Written by a team of well-known experts, each chapter provides an overview of Sen's work in a particular area and a critical assessment of his contributions to the field.

• Sen is one of the most important thinkers in 20th century welfare economics and philosophy • Written with the non-specialist firmly in mind, making it an ideal introduction to Sen's work • Aimed at a very broad audience covering such subjects as poverty, ethics and public policy


Introduction Christopher W. Morris; 1. Preference, choice, and rationality: Amartya Sen's critique of the theory of rational choice in economics Shatakshe Dhongde and Prasanta K. Pattanaik; 2. Ethics and economics Christopher W. Morris; 3. Capability and agency David Crocker and Ingrid Robeyns; 4. Freedom in the spirit of Sen Philip Pettit; 5. Social choice theory and the informational basis approach Kevin Roberts; 6. Sen on sufficiency, priority, and equality Peter Vallentyne; 7. Famine, poverty, and property rights Steven Scalet and David Schmidtz; 8. Development: a misconceived theory can kill Sabina Alkire.


'The essays in Morris's anthology offer a clear guide to key aspects of Sen's thought. This multidisciplinary collection should be of interest to both experts and novices. The distinguished contributors distil Sen's position and influence in many fields. The essays are appetizers to further study of Sen's provocative work and the literatures to which he has been such a major contributor.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


Christopher W. Morris, Shatakshee Dhongde, Prasanta K. Pattanaik, David Crocker, Ingrid Robeyns, Philip Pettit, Kevin Roberts, Peter Vallentyne, Steven Scalet, David Schmidtz, Sabina Alkire

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