06 January 2011

Review of Cohen on Socialism

My review of the late G. A. Cohen's final book, Why Not Socialism? (Princeton, 2009), has just appeared in The Independent Review. The review is available here.

As you will see from the review, I was not particularly impressed by the argument in the book. Indeed, I was quite disappointed, especially given that Cohen was a distinguished philosopher who had produced excellent and important work earlier in his career. His Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality (Cambridge, 1995), for example, provided a searching and challenging critique of Nozickean libertarianism. The argument of Why Not Socialism? is, by contrast, thin and facile.

Cohen's book may end up having had one important redeeming feature for me personally, however: It may have inspired my next book. (More on that soon . . . .)

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