08 August 2009

G.A. Cohen (1941-2009)

Jerry Cohen, one of the very best political philosophers in the world died this week. Cohen retired last year from the Chichele Chair in Social and Political Theory at Oxford. You can find an obituary by Stuart White at Next Left. Cohen had just recently published - Rescuing Justice & Equality - an imposing criticism of liberal (Rawlsian) approaches to justice. And he has a slender volume ~ Why Not Socialism? ~ forthcoming early in the fall. I think that is the question he would like to have posed at his passing.
P.S.: Over at Crooked Timber Chris Bertram has both posted a touching remembrance and then posted a set of links to the reaction that others have expressed to Cohen's death too.



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