By G. A. Cohen
Michael Otsuka (ed.)
G. A. Cohen used to be the most proficient, influential, and revolutionary voices in modern political philosophy. on the time of his dying in 2009, he had plans to compile a couple of his most important papers. this can be the 1st of 3 volumes to gain these plans. Drawing on 3 many years of labor, it comprises formerly uncollected articles that experience formed the various important debates in political philosophy, in addition to papers released the following for the 1st time. In those items, Cohen asks what egalitarians have such a lot cause to equalize, he considers the connection among freedom and estate, and he displays upon perfect concept and political practice.
Included listed below are vintage essays corresponding to "Equality of What?" and "Capitalism, Freedom, and the Proletariat," in addition to newer contributions equivalent to "Fairness and Legitimacy in Justice," "Freedom and Money," and the formerly unpublished "How to Do Political Philosophy." On considerable reveal all through are the readability, rigor, conviction, and wit for which Cohen was once popular. jointly, those essays exhibit how his paintings offers a strong account of liberty and equality to the left of Ronald Dworkin, John Rawls, Amartya Sen, and Isaiah Berlin.
"While alerting his readers to the problems confronted through philosophers, Cohen is a resource of steerage to these trying to locate their approach within the box of political philosophy."--Richard Mullender, Political experiences Review
"Cohen wrote with wonderful readability, analyzed with nice perception, and argued with the maximum rigor. He did all this whereas addressing primary difficulties of political philosophy. it is going to hence be a pleasure for these drawn to those themes to learn, or reread, those essays."--Peter Vallentyne, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"From begin to end, an enduring invitation to struggle lazy considering and sloppy writing and a masterly demonstration of the way to do it: directly to the tough middle of every factor; mostly with humor, as a rule with an specific political engagement, constantly with impeccable highbrow honesty. The irreplaceable Jerry Cohen at his best."--Philippe van Parijs, Universit catholique de Louvain
"G. A. Cohen argues brilliantly for 2 very important and retro rules: that unintentional inequality is unjust and that poverty limits freedom. Cohen's essays display a superb brain looking for the elemental truths approximately justice. the following you've got the combo of readability and intensity that marks philosophy at its apex."--Joshua Cohen, Stanford University
"This may be essentially the most vital books in political philosophy released this decade, and obligatory studying for a person engaged on distributive justice, together with philosophers, criminal and political theorists, and philosophically vulnerable economists."--Andrew Williams, ICREA and Pompeu Fabra University
"G. A. Cohen's landmark essays on success egalitarianism, freedom, and estate became commonplace issues of reference. those hugely acclaimed items were scattered over quite a lot of journals and edited volumes, so having them now in one quantity is a gigantic boon. Very valuably, the ebook additionally comprises the unpublished essay 'How to Do Political Philosophy,' during which Cohen displays at the method he sought to deal with the problems in those essays."--Hillel Steiner, professor emeritus, college of Manchester