Identity and Violence

The Illusion of Destiny

Issues of Our Time


Amartya Sen (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

“One of the few world intellectuals on whom we may rely to make sense out of our existential confusion.”—Nadine Gordimer

In this sweeping philosophical work, Amartya Sen proposes that the murderous violence that has riven our society is driven as much by confusion as by inescapable hatred. Challenging the reductionist division of people by race, religion, and class, Sen presents an inspiring vision of a world that can be made to move toward peace as firmly as it has spiraled in recent years toward brutality and war.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2007
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32929-2
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Amartya Sen, one of the world’s great thinkers, tells us how to go about building a more peaceful world. I hope the book will be read by all.” — Ted Turner

“Amartya Sen brings to our generation a new and modern vision of how to obtain peace.” — George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics

“Sen is now Asia’s preeminent philosopher of freedom. . . . This is an indispensable book.” — Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia

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