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Alternative Development for Peace: Gandhi’s Postmodern Socioeconomic Theories and Amartya Sen’s Human Security

Professor Kazuya Ishii, University of Kagawa, will present this free public seminar on Tuesday 7 July from 10:40 am– 12:10 in Room 2107, University of Shizuoka.

Amartya Sen’s concepts of capability, sympathy, and commitment are clear contrast to the conventional concept of economic man. Modern ways of thinking, such as laissez-faire economics, are criticized by alternative development theorists including Sen, a Nobel laureate. Now seems to need Mahatma Gandhi’s socioeconomic thought as an origin of alternative development. Professor Ishii examines the Gandhian style of development theories such as trusteeship and Gandhi’s images of a peaceful village economy, referring to the works of E.F. Schumacher.

Professor Ishii is pursuing the areas of development studies and peace studies. His works include ‘The Socioeconomic Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi: As an Origin of Alternative Development’ (Review of Social Economy, Routledge, UK) and ‘An Economics for Development and Peace: With a Particular Focus on the Thought of Ernst F. Schumacher’ (Forum for Social Economics, Washington D.C.: USA)

This free public seminar is:hosted by Associate professor Takahito Sawada, Faculty of International Relations, University of Shizuoka(Phone & Fax: +81-54-264-5254),co-hosted by Center for Global Studies, Graduate School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka.

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