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If you're an egalitarian, how come you're so rich?

Responsibility G.A. Cohen
Material Type Book
Publisher Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press
Year 2000
Language English
Size xii, 233 p. ; 25 cm
Abstract This book 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 personÕs 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 should, 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. show more


Central Library 4C_1‐135 015212000017640 J 35/C/14 2000

Bibliographic details

Notes Bibliography: p. 221-226
Includes index
Authors *Cohen, Gerald Allan, 1941-
Subjects LCSH:Equality
LCSH:Distributive justice
LCSH:Social justice
LCSH:Religion and social problems
Classification NDC9:311.1
ID 1000703496
ISBN 0674002180
NCID BA46885635
Vol ISBN:0674002180
Created Date 2009.09.15
Modified Date 2009.09.15

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