If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich?
By (author) G. A. Cohen
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If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich? by G. A. Cohen
Book DescriptionThis work presents G.A. Cohen's Gifford Lectures, delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 1996. Focusing on Marxism and Rawlsian liberalism, Cohen draws a connection between these thought systems and the choices that shape a person's life. In the case of Marxism, the relevant life is his own: a communist upbringing in the 1940s in Montreal, which induced a belief in a strongly socialist egalitarian doctrine. The narrative of Cohen's reckoning with that inheritance develops through a series of sophisticated engagements with the central questions of social and political philosophy. In the case of Rawlsian doctrine, Cohen looks to people's lives in general. He argues that egalitarian justice is not only, as Rawlsian liberalism teaches, a matter of rules that define the structure of society, but also a matter of personal attitude and choice. Personal attitude and choice are, moreover, the stuff of which social structure itself is made. Those truths have not informed political philosophy as much as they would, and Cohen's focus on them brings political philosophy closer to moral philosophy, and to the Judeo-Christian ethical tradition, than it has recently been.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674006935
(235mm x 155mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author G. A. Cohen
Lectures on the History of Moral and Political Philosophy, Hardback (October 2013)
Starting with a chapter centered on Plato, but also discussing the pre-Socratics as well as Aristotle, this book moves to social contract theory as discussed by Hobbes, Locke, and Hume, and then continues with chapters on Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche.
Finding Oneself in the Other, Paperback (September 2012)
Brings together some of the author's most personal philosophical and nonphilosophical essays. This title offers an account of his first trip to India, which includes unforgettable vignettes of encounters with strangers and reflections on poverty and begging. It reveals a personal side of one of the influential philosophers of our time.
On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy, Paperback (January 2011)
G A Cohen was one of the most gifted, influential, and progressive voices in contemporary political philosophy. At the time of his death in 2009, he had plans to bring together a number of his most significant papers. This title contains these papers that have shaped many of the central debates in political philosophy.
Why Not Socialism?, Hardback (August 2009)» View all books by G. A. Cohen
Is socialism desirable? Is it even possible? This book presents a moral case for socialism and argues that the obstacles in its way are exaggerated.
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Author Biography - G. A. Cohen
G. A. Cohen was Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University.
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