The Info List - G.A. Cohen

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GERALD ALLAN "JERRY" COHEN, FBA (/ˈkoʊən/ ; 14 April 1941 – 5 August 2009) was a Marxist political philosopher who held the positions of Quain Professor of Jurisprudence , University College London and Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory , All Souls College, Oxford


* 1 Life and career * 2 Works * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Further reading * 6 External links


Born into a communist family in Montreal
, Cohen was educated at McGill University
McGill University
, Canada (BA, philosophy and political science) and the University of Oxford
(BPhil, philosophy) where he studied under Isaiah Berlin
Isaiah Berlin
and Gilbert Ryle
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 chair at Oxford
in 1985. Several of his students, such as Simon Caney , Alan Carter , Cécile Fabre , Will Kymlicka , John McMurtry , David Leopold, 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
Ricky Gervais
, has pursued a successful career in comedy.

Known as a proponent of Analytical Marxism
Analytical Marxism
and a founding member of the 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
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 Berman .


* 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 Montreal
* Luck egalitarianism


* ^ Vallentyne, Peter (2014). "Libertarianism". In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy . Stanford University
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 9780230303058 * 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 (4): 1132–1135. JSTOR
10.1086/680879 . doi :10.1086/680879 .