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Conversations with History: Nobel Laureates' Gallery

The Institute of International Studies was established in 1955 to promote interdisciplinary research in international, comparative, and policy studies on the Berkeley campus of the University of California. Professor of Geography Michael Watts is its Director, and Harry Kreisler is the Executive Director. The current emphasis is on the following intellectual themes: Peace and security after the Cold War; environment, demography, and sustainable development; development and comparative modernities across regions; and globalization and the transformation of the global economy.

Cover page of Amartya Sen:  Reflections on Theory in the Social Sciences

Amartya Sen: Reflections on Theory in the Social Sciences


Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Lamont University Professor, Harvard University, for a discussion of the interplay of economic theory and political philosophy in his work on public choice, development, and freedom. Sen recalls his own intellectual odyssey, commenting on some of the factors that shaped his thinking.

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