Identity and Violence : The Illusion of Destiny

Identity and Violence : The Illusion of Destiny

Identity and Violence : The Illusion of Destiny

The world may be more riven by murderous violence than ever before, yet Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen argues in this ...

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  • Author Amartya Sen , Gopalkrishna Gandhi
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Binding Paperback

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The world may be more riven by murderous violence than ever before, yet Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen argues in this sweeping philosophical work that its brutalities are driven as much by confusion as by inescapable hatred.

Identity And Violence: The Illusion Of Destiny mentions that the world today is considered to be exceedingly divided owing to the differences that people have in terms of religion, cultures, and civilizations. The author feels that these differences rule out the chances of people having a reasoned opinion. He also feels that people overlook the importance of other ways in which they can view things such as literature, language, morals, music, politics, class, gender, profession or science.

The author delves into the details pertaining to concepts such as multiculturalism, terrorism, fundamentalism and globalization. He also emphasizes the importance of having a proper understanding of what human freedom is all about. He stresses on having a constructive public voice in a global civil society. The author then goes on to say that, all of this can help the world move forward towards its goal of peace.

Sen argues in his new book that conflict and violence are sustained today, no less than the past, by the illusion of a unique identity. Indeed, the world is increasingly taken to be divided between religions (or 'cultures' or 'civilizations'), ignoring the relevance of other ways in which people see themselves through class, gender, profession, language, literature, science, music, morals or politics, and denying the real possibilities of reasoned choices. In Identity and Violence he overturns such stereotypes as the 'the monolithic Middle East' or 'the Western Mind'. Through his penetrating investigation of such subjects as multiculturalism, fundamentalism, terrorism and globalization, he brings out the need for a clear-headed understanding of human freedom and a constructive public voice in Global civil society. The world, Sen shows, can be made to move towards peace as firmly as it has recently spiralled towards war.

About the Author

One of the world's foremost thinkers, Amartya Sen teaches economics and philosophy at Harvard University and was earlier Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the American Economic Association, the Indian Economic Association, the International Economic Association and the Econometric Society. His awards include the Bharat Ratna (India), Commandeur de la legion d'honneur (France), the National Humanities Medal (USA), Honorary Companion of Honour (UK) ordem Nacional do Mérito Científico (Brazil) and the Nobel Prize in Economics.


Author Amartya Sen , Gopalkrishna Gandhi
ISBN 9780141027807
Langauage English
Pages 218
Publisher Penguin Books
Binding Paperback

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