By G. A. Cohen
Michael Otsuka (ed.)
G. A. Cohen used to be some of the most proficient, influential, and revolutionary voices in modern political philosophy. on the time of his dying in 2009, he had plans to collect a couple of his most important papers. this is often the 1st of 3 volumes to gain these plans. Drawing on 3 many years of labor, it includes formerly uncollected articles that experience formed a number of the critical 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 excellent concept and political practice.
Included listed below are vintage essays reminiscent of "Equality of What?" and "Capitalism, Freedom, and the Proletariat," in addition to newer contributions comparable to "Fairness and Legitimacy in Justice," "Freedom and Money," and the formerly unpublished "How to Do Political Philosophy." On considerable show all through are the readability, rigor, conviction, and wit for which Cohen used to be well known. jointly, those essays exhibit how his paintings offers a robust 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 via philosophers, Cohen is a resource of steering to these looking to locate their approach within the box of political philosophy."--Richard Mullender, Political reviews Review
"Cohen wrote with very good readability, analyzed with nice perception, and argued with the maximum rigor. He did all this whereas addressing basic difficulties of political philosophy. it's 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 everlasting invitation to struggle lazy pondering and sloppy writing and a masterly demonstration of ways to do it: immediately to the tricky middle of every factor; generally with humor, as a rule with an specific political engagement, continuously 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 principles: that unintentional inequality is unjust and that poverty limits freedom. Cohen's essays display a superb brain looking for the basic truths approximately justice. right here you've the combo of readability and intensity that marks philosophy at its apex."--Joshua Cohen, Stanford University
"This could be essentially the most very important books in political philosophy released this decade, and obligatory studying for someone 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 average issues of reference. those hugely acclaimed items were scattered over a variety of journals and edited volumes, so having them now in one quantity is a gigantic boon. Very valuably, the publication additionally contains the unpublished essay 'How to Do Political Philosophy,' during which Cohen displays at the manner he sought to handle the problems in those essays."--Hillel Steiner, professor emeritus, collage of Manchester