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Female economists and philosophers’ role in Amartya Sen’s thought: his colleagues and his scholars

Erasmo, Valentina (2021): Female economists and philosophers’ role in Amartya Sen’s thought: his colleagues and his scholars.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to offer an insight about women’s role in Amartya Sen’s thought, privileging economists and philosophers: mainly, I will focus on the figures of Joan Robinson, Eva Colorni, Martha Nussbaum and Emma Rothschild, showing, on the one hand, how they have influenced his thought, on the other, how they have eventually developed their own welldefined ideas about common research themes. Finally, I will provide an overview about contemporary Sen’s female scholars who have reached international acknowledgments in this research in order to distinguish the most important schools of thought born around his reflection. The main result of this paper is that, on the one hand, Sen has favoured the enhancement of these female’s figures both in economics and philosophy; on the other, these female’s figures have undoubtedly and significantly influenced his own thought. Rather, it is better to talk of a mutual and peer influence to each other.

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