LSE Announces “Amartya Sen Chair in Inequality Studies”

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has created a new academic position in honor of philosopher and economist Amartya Sen  who was a professor there from 1971-82.

Called the “Amartya Sen Chair in Inequality Studies,” its holder will serve as Director of the LSE International Inequalities Institute, which facilitates interdisciplinary work on subjects related to inequality.

Sen, currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and National Humanities Medal in 2012, and is the recipient of many other honors. He works in welfare economics, development economics, social choice theory, economic theory, and political philosophy. Among his most well-known ideas is the “capability approach” to human well-being, which he introduced and went on to develop with Martha Nussbaum (Chicago).

Though Sen is known as both an economist and a philosopher, it appears that philosophers are not among those eligible to hold the Sen Chair. According to the advertisement for the position, it is “open to a scholar from any social science discipline.” Philosophy is typically grouped with the humanities, not the social sciences.

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