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On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy
     

On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy

by G. A. Cohen, Michael Otsuka
 

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ISBN-10: 0691148716

ISBN-13: 9780691148717

Pub. Date: 01/24/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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 is the first of three volumes to realize those plans. Drawing on three decades of work, it contains previously uncollected articles that have

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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 is the first of three volumes to realize those plans. Drawing on three decades of work, it contains previously uncollected articles that have shaped many of the central debates in political philosophy, as well as papers published here for the first time. In these pieces, Cohen asks what egalitarians have most reason to equalize, he considers the relationship between freedom and property, and he reflects upon ideal theory and political practice.

Included here are classic essays such as "Equality of What?" and "Capitalism, Freedom, and the Proletariat," along with more recent contributions such as "Fairness and Legitimacy in Justice," "Freedom and Money," and the previously unpublished "How to Do Political Philosophy." On ample display throughout are the clarity, rigor, conviction, and wit for which Cohen was renowned. Together, these essays demonstrate how his work provides a powerful account of liberty and equality to the left of Ronald Dworkin, John Rawls, Amartya Sen, and Isaiah Berlin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148717
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/24/2011
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
900,821
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface vii
Acknowledgments xiii

Part One: Luck Egalitarianism

Chapter One: On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice 3
Chapter Two: Equality of What? On Welfare, Goods, and Capabilities 44
Afterword to Chapters One and Two 61
Chapter Three: Sen on Capability, Freedom, and Control 73
Chapter Four: Expensive Taste Rides Again 81
Chapter Five: Luck and Equality 116
Chapter Six: Fairness and Legitimacy in Justice, And: Does Option Luck Ever Preserve Justice? 124

Part Two: Freedom and Property

Chapter Seven: Capitalism, Freedom, and the Proletariat 147
Chapter Eight: Freedom and Money 166
Two Addenda to "Freedom and Money" 193

Part Three: Ideal Theory and Political Practice

Chapter Nine: Mind the Gap 203
Chapter Ten: Back to Socialist Basics 211
Chapter Eleven: How to Do Political Philosophy 225
Chapter Twelve: Rescuing Justice from Constructivism and Equality from the Basic Structure Restriction 236
Works Cited 255
Index 263

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