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Lectures on the History of Moral and Political Philosophy by Jonathan Wolff,G. A. Cohen

By Jonathan Wolff,G. A. Cohen

G. A. Cohen was once one of many best political philosophers of contemporary occasions. He first got here to broad cognizance in 1978 with the prize-winning booklet Karl Marx's thought of heritage: A Defence. In next many years his released writings principally grew to become clear of the heritage of philosophy, focusing as an alternative on equality, freedom, and justice. even though, all through his profession he frequently lectured on quite a lot of ethical and political philosophers of the previous. This quantity collects those formerly unpublished lectures.

Starting with a bankruptcy headquartered on Plato, but in addition discussing the pre-Socratics in addition to Aristotle, the booklet strikes to social agreement thought as mentioned via Hobbes, Locke, and Hume, after which maintains with chapters on Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche. The e-book additionally includes a few formerly released yet uncollected papers on Marx, Hobbes, and Kant, between different figures. the gathering concludes with a memoir of Cohen written by way of the quantity editor, Jonathan Wolff, who was once a pupil of Cohen's.

A hallmark of the lectures is Cohen's engagement with the thinkers he discusses. instead of easily attempting to render their inspiration available to the fashionable reader, he checks no matter if their arguments and positions are transparent, sound, and loose from contradiction. all through, he houses in on imperative concerns and gives clean methods to the philosophers he examines. eventually, those lectures train us not just approximately a few of the nice thinkers within the historical past of ethical and political philosophy, but additionally approximately one of many nice thinkers of our time: Cohen himself.

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