Rescuing Justice and Equality by G. A. Cohen
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Rescuing Justice and Equality by G. A. Cohen

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for C B MacPherson Prize 2010.

Book Description

In this stimulating work of political philosophy, acclaimed philosopher G. A. Cohen sets out to rescue the egalitarian thesis that in a society in which distributive justice prevails, people's material prospects are roughly equal. Arguing against the Rawlsian version of a just society, Cohen demonstrates that distributive justice does not tolerate deep inequality.In the course of providing a deep and sophisticated critique of Rawls' theory of justice, Cohen demonstrates that questions of distributive justice arise not only for the state but also for people in their daily lives. The right rules for the macro scale of public institutions and policies also apply, with suitable adjustments, to the micro level of individual decision-making.Cohen also charges Rawls' constructivism with systematically conflating the concept of justice with other concepts. Within the Rawlsian architectonic, justice is not distinguished either from other values or from optimal rules of social regulation. The elimination of those conflations brings justice closer to equality.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674030763
ISBN-10: 0674030761
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 33mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author G. A. Cohen

Lectures on the History of Moral and Political Philosophy by 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 by G. A. Cohen 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 by G. A. Cohen 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? by G. A. Cohen Why Not Socialism?, Hardback (August 2009)

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, author of If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich? (Harvard), is Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University.

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