Jerry Cohen

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.

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  1. Thanks for mentioning this Alice. In addition to the two posts at Crooked Timber, there’s moving posts elsewhere (with links), including at Leiter Reports and Larry Solum’s Legal Theory Blog.

    I can’t add anything to what I and others have already said in eloquent tribute except to note that ANYONE aspiring to engage in contemporary political philosophy (i.e., with the ambition to practice professional political philosophy) must read Cohen, as he brought the virtues of analytic philosophy in the best sense to a re-assessment of the Marxist tradition (along with the other so-called analytical Marxists like Elster, Roemer, Wright).