Amartya Kumar Sen (1933–) is an outstanding Indian economist and philosopher. He is considered to be one of the world's foremost thinkers (by among others Prospect Magazine and the New Republic), with great influence on global policies and intellectual debate on every continent. Sen renewed the way we think about poverty, social justice, policymaking, and, last but not least, the prime importance of democracy. Not only has he held a number of leading posts (and without even applying for them, including at Jadavpur University, Cambridge, Delhi, Harvard, and MIT); he has been awarded numerous honorary degrees. And as a former student of this unique temple of social choice theory, I note that the fourth such award given to Sen came from the University of Caen in 1987. Of the many prizes conferred on him, the most significant was the 1998 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, for his contribution...

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