Identity and Violence
The Illusion of Destiny
Publisher: W.W. Norton, New York
Year Published: 2006
Pages: 224pp ISBN: 978-0393060072
The world may be more riven by murderous violence than ever before; yet Amartya Sen 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. 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.