Monday, September 21, 2009

Critical essays on G. A. Cohen

Justice, Equality and Constructivism:
Essays on G. A. Cohen's "Rescuing Justice and Equality"

Brian Feltham (Editor)

(Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), 136 pages


This collection critically engages with a number of recurrent themes from the work of G.A. Cohen, and most especially with arguments and positions advanced in his "Rescuing Justice and Equality".

A critical discussion of the work of the contemporary political theorist G.A. Cohen, an egalitarian and a critic of John Rawls.

Offers a critical perspective on his significant work on equality and constructivism, including his "Rescuing Justice and Equality".

Challenges Cohen’s view of the centrality of equality to justice, of the scope for free choice of occupation and economic incentives, as well as his view that fundamental principles of justice are insensitive to facts.


1. Introduction: Brian Feltham
2. Justice is not Equality: Richard J. Arneson
3. Inequality, Injustice and Levelling Down: Thomas Christiano and Will Braynen
4. Inequality, Incentives and the Interpersonal Test: Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen
5. Freedom of Occupational Choice: Michael Otsuka
6. Cohen to the Rescue!: Thomas Pogge
7. Justice, Incentives and Constructivism: Andrew Williams

All essays have been published in Ratio vol. 21 no. 4 (December 2008).

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