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Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (Issues of Our Time)

Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (Issues of Our Time) by Amartya Sen 0393060071 9780393060072
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Smashing such stereotypes as the monolithic Middle East or the Western Mind, Amartya Sen examines the much-misunderstood concept of identity. The world may be more riven by murderous violence than ever before; yet Amartya Sen, the galvanizing Nobel Laureate, proposes in this sweeping philosophical work that the brutalities are driven as much by confusion as by inescapable hatred. Conflict and violence are sustained by the illusion of a unique identity, overlooking the need for reason and choice in deciding on bonds of class, gender, profession, scientific interests, moral beliefs, and even our shared identity as human beings. Challenging the reductionist view that people of the world can be partitioned into little boxes in terms of civilizational categories, Sen 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. About the series: Issues of Our Time: Aware of the competition for the attention of readers, W. W. Norton & Company and I have created the Issues of Our Time as a lucid series of highly readable books through which some of todays most thoughtful intellectuals seek to challenge the general reader to reexamine received truths and grapple with powerful trends that are shaping the world in which we live. The series launches with Anthony Appiah, Alan Dershowitz, and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen as the first of an illustrious group who will tackle some of the most plangent and central issues defining our society today through books that deal withsuch issues as sexual and racial identities, the economics of the developing world, and the concept of citizenship in a truly globalized twenty-first-century world culture. Above all else, these books are designed to be read and enjoyed.--Henry Louis Gates Jr., W. E. B. DuBois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

Author: Amartya Sen

Language: English

Edition: 1ST

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 224

Publisher: W. W. Norton

Publication Date: 2006-03-27

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