GERALD ALLAN "JERRY" COHEN, FBA (/ˈkoʊən/ ; 14 April 1941 – 5
August 2009) was a Marxist political philosopher who held the
Quain Professor of Jurisprudence , University College
Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory , All
* 1 Life and career
* 2 Works
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 Further reading
* 6 External links
LIFE AND CAREER
Born into a communist family in
Montreal , Cohen was educated at
McGill University , Canada (BA, philosophy and political science) and
the University of
Oxford (BPhil, philosophy) where he studied under
Isaiah Berlin and
Gilbert Ryle .
Cohen was assistant lecturer (1963–1964), lecturer (1964–1979)
then reader (1979–1984) in the Department of Philosophy at
University College London
University College London , before being appointed to the Chichele
Oxford in 1985. Several of his students, such as Simon Caney
, Alan Carter ,
Cécile Fabre ,
Will Kymlicka ,
John McMurtry , David
Michael Otsuka ,
Seana Shiffrin , Jonathan Wolff and Michael
E. Rosen have gone on to be important moral and political philosophers
in their own right, while another,
Ricky Gervais , has pursued a
successful career in comedy.
Known as a proponent of
Analytical Marxism and a founding member of
September Group , Cohen's 1978 work Karl Marx\'s Theory of
History: A Defence defends an interpretation of Marx\'s historical
materialism often referred to as 'technological determinism ' by its
critics. In Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality, Cohen offers an
extensive moral argument in favour of socialism, contrasting his views
with those of
John Rawls and
Robert Nozick , by articulating an
extensive critique of the
Lockean principle of self-ownership as well
as the use of that principle to defend right – as well as left –
libertarianism . In If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich?
(which covers the topic of his
Gifford Lectures ) Cohen addresses the
question of what egalitarian political principles imply for the
personal behaviour of those who subscribe to them.
Cohen was close friends with Marxist political philosopher Marshall
* Karl Marx\'s Theory of History: A Defence (1978, 2000)
History, Labour, and Freedom (1988)
* Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press. 1995. ISBN 978-0-5214-7174-9 .
OCLC 612482692 .
* If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich? (2000)
* Chapter in Dworkin and his Critics, with replies by Dworkin (2004)
* Rescuing Justice and Equality (2008)
* Why Not Socialism? (2009)
* On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in
Political Philosophy (2011)
* Finding Oneself in the Other (2012)
* Lectures on the History of Moral and Political Philosophy (2013)
* List of people from
* ^ Vallentyne, Peter (2014). "Libertarianism". In Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy .
Stanford University .
* ^ Singer, Peter (2000). Marx: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford:
Oxford University Press. p. 105. ISBN 0-19-285405-4 .
* The Egalitarian Conscience: Essays in Honour of G. A. Cohen
(2006); edited by Christine Sypnowich
* Tomey, Simon (2012), "An interview with Jerry Cohen.", in
Browning, Gary; Dimova-Cookson, Maria; Prokhovnik, Raia , Dialogues
with contemporary political theorists, Houndsmill, Basingstoke,
Hampshire New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 74–85, ISBN
* Vrousalis, Nicholas. The Political Philosophy of G.A. Cohen.
Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472532701 .
* Robeyns, Ingrid (July 2015). "On G.A. Cohen’s "On the currency
of egalitarian justice"". Ethics . Chicago Journals via
JSTOR . 125
JSTOR 10.1086/680879 . doi :10.1086/680879 .