I was sad to learn, via Crooked Timber, that the philosopher Gerald Cohen died yesterday. Law professors haven’t paid the same attention to his work that they have to Rawls or classical liberal philosophers, but that’s our loss. He had much to say to those interested in socialism as an idea, and not just as an epithet, including the nicely titled If You’re an Egalitarian, How Come You’re So Rich?. But beyond Cohen’s intellectual gifts, he was an extraordinary human being. Crooked Timber has some moving tributes that convey a sense of Cohen as a person.