On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice anthologises previously uncollected, unpublished, or difficult to obtain papers of G. A. Cohen.
The first section, ‘Luck Egalitarianism,’ includes six papers that focus on the issue of the proper currency of egalitarian justice. The second section, ‘Freedom and Money,’ contains two papers on the subject of capitalist freedom/unfreedom. The third section includes four papers under the heading ‘Ideal Theory and Political Practice.’
One expects wit, razor‐sharp intelligence, and a relentless pursuit of clarity from Cohen's work, and this book delivers.
A couple of the papers may be slightly disappointing to some. For example, ‘Capitalism, Freedom and the Proletariat’ is partly a repetition of points made in ‘The Structure of Proletarian Unfreedom’ [History, Labour, and Freedom (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988)] where the idea that proletarians are individually free but collectively unfree is more thoroughly developed. And ‘Back...