Finding oneself in the other

Finding oneself in the other

by GA Cohen ; edited by Michael Otsuka
28th October, 2012

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This is the second of three volumes of posthumously collected writings of G. A. Cohen, who was one of the leading, and most progressive, figures in contemporary political philosophy. This volume brings together some of Cohen's most personal philosophical and nonphilosophical essays, many of them previously unpublished. Rich in first-person narration, insight, and humor, these pieces vividly demonstrate why Thomas Nagel described Cohen as a wonderful raconteur.?

The nonphilosophical highlight of the book is Cohen's remarkable account of his first trip to India, which includes unforgettable vignettes of encounters with strangers and reflections on poverty and begging. Other biographical pieces include his valedictory lecture at Oxford, in which he describes his philosophical development and offers his impressions of other philosophers, and Isaiah's Marx, and Mine, a tribute to his mentor Isaiah Berlin. Other essays address such topics as the truth in small-c conservatism, who can and can't condemn terrorists, and the essence of bullshit. A recurring theme is finding completion in relation to the world of other human beings. Engaging, perceptive, and empathetic, these writings reveal a more personal side of one of the most influential philosophers of our time.

G. A. Cohen (1941-2009) was the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Souls College, University of Oxford, from 1985 to 2008. At the time of his death, he held the Quain Chair in Jurisprudence at University College London. His books include Karl Marx's Theory of History and Why Not Socialism? (both Princeton). Michael Otsuka is professor of philosophy at University College London.

Details & Specs

Author: G A Cohen Michael Otsuka

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780691148816

Publication Date: 28th October, 2012

Pages: 219

Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 15 mm

Notes: 1 line illus. 1 table.

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