Symposium on the Philosophy of Amartya Sen

by Ingrid Robeyns on March 19, 2010

I’ve put together a symposium on the philosophy of Amartya Sen, in which Sen himself will take part. The symposium will be held in Rotterdam on July 1st, and will be preceded by a public lecture on global justice. Details below the fold.

Symposium on the Philosophy of Amartya Sen

To be held at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
On Thursday, July 1st, 2010 from 9.30-17.30.


Ann Cudd (University of Kansas, USA): Commitment and Explanation: Sen’s Philosophy of Social Science

Mozaffar Qizilbash (York University, UK, and Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan): Amartya Sen’s Criticisms of Utilitarianism

Henry S. Richardson (Georgetown University, Washington, USA): Mapping out Improvements in Justice: Comparing vs. Aiming

Ingrid Robeyns (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands): Equality of Root Capability

Amartya Sen (Harvard University, USA): Discussion

This symposium is aimed at philosophers, or other scholars with a philosophical background, and with an expertise or a strong interest in the work of Amartya Sen. The registration fee is 35 Euro and includes coffee and lunch. A reduced registration fee (20 Euro) is available for Master students and PhD students/scholars without a wage or bursary. For registration, please contact Roebin Lijnis Huffenreuter at Sensymposium at, who will provide the details of further registration and all other practical information. Please note that the number of participants is limited.

On Wednesday 30th of June, at 4.30 pm, Amartya Sen will give a public lecture, entitled ‘On Global Justice’, in the Aula of the Campus Woudestein at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. This lecture is aimed at a broad audience. Attendance is free and open to all interested, and reservations are neither needed nor possible. Doors open at 4.10 pm. Directions to Campus Woudestein can be found “here”:

For any practical questions regarding the symposium, e-mail Roebin Lijnis Huffenreuter at sensymposium at
For other questions regarding these events, contact Ingrid Robeyns at robeyns at

Both events are organized by the Faculty of Philosophy of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and “the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics”: (EIPE).



anand 03.19.10 at 8:02 pm

Perhaps it should be the registration “fee” — 35 Euros ain’t free… :-)


Ingrid Robeyns 03.19.10 at 8:04 pm

thanks for spotting the typo, it’s now corrected.


Biba 03.20.10 at 1:59 am

This is exactly the kind of event that ought to be simultaneously broadcast on line.

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