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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with more recent contributions such as "Fairness and Legitimacy in Justice," "Freedom and Money," and the previously unpublished "How to Do Political Philosophy."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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Editor's Preface
  2. pp. 8-13
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. PART ONE: Luck Egalitarianism
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. CHAPTER ONE: On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice
  2. pp. 3-43
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Equality of What? On Welfare, Goods, and Capabilities
  2. pp. 44-60
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  1. Afterword to Chapters One and Two
  2. pp. 61-72
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Sen on Capability, Freedom, and Control
  2. pp. 73-80
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: Expensive Taste Rides Again
  2. pp. 81-115
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: Luck and Equality
  2. pp. 116-123
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: Fairness and Legitimacy in Justice, And: Does Option Luck Ever Preserve Justice?
  2. pp. 124-144
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  1. PART TWO: Freedom and Property
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: Capitalism, Freedom, and the Proletariat
  2. pp. 147-165
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: Freedom and Money
  2. pp. 166-192
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  1. Two Addenda to "Freedom and Money"
  2. pp. 193-200
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  1. PART THREE: Ideal Theory and Political Practice
  2. pp. 201-202
  1. CHAPTER NINE: Mind the Gap
  2. pp. 203-210
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  1. CHAPTER TEN: Back to Socialist Basics
  2. pp. 211-224
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  1. CHAPTER ELEVEN: How to Do Political Philosophy
  2. pp. 225-235
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  1. CHAPTER TWELVE: Rescuing Justice from Constructivism and Equality from the Basic Structure Restriction
  2. pp. 236-254
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 255-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-268
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400838660
Related ISBN
9780691148717
MARC Record
OCLC
705945384
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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