By Jonathan Wolff,G. A. Cohen
G. A. Cohen was once one of many prime political philosophers of modern occasions. He first got here to huge realization in 1978 with the prize-winning ebook Karl Marx's thought of heritage: A Defence. In next many years his released writings mostly grew to become clear of the historical past of philosophy, focusing as a substitute on equality, freedom, and justice. even if, all through his profession he on a regular basis lectured on a variety of ethical and political philosophers of the prior. This quantity collects those formerly unpublished lectures.
Starting with a bankruptcy situated on Plato, but in addition discussing the pre-Socratics in addition to Aristotle, the e-book strikes to social agreement conception as mentioned by way of Hobbes, Locke, and Hume, after which keeps with chapters on Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche. The booklet 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 means of the amount editor, Jonathan Wolff, who used to be a scholar of Cohen's.
A hallmark of the lectures is Cohen's engagement with the thinkers he discusses. instead of easily attempting to render their concept available to the fashionable reader, he checks even if their arguments and positions are transparent, sound, and unfastened from contradiction. all through, he houses in on significant matters and offers clean methods to the philosophers he examines. eventually, those lectures train us not just approximately the various nice thinkers within the heritage of ethical and political philosophy, but in addition approximately one of many nice thinkers of our time: Cohen himself.