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The Arc of the Moral Universe and Other Essays

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$51.50 • £41.95 • €46.50

ISBN 9780674055605

Publication Date: 01/30/2011


426 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


In this marvelous collection, Joshua Cohen displays his characteristic mixture of sharp philosophical analysis and serious political engagement. Beginning (and ending) with reflections on the role of moral truth in explaining moral advances, he addresses some of the largest questions about democracy within nations and global justice beyond them. And, on the way, he engages with recent thinkers as important and diverse as Chomsky, Habermas, Okin and Rawls. An exhilarating read.—K. Anthony Appiah, Princeton University

In this new collection of essays, Joshua Cohen cements his position as one of American philosophy’s brightest stars. His subject has long been democracy, and here he pushes further his investigation of the way we live democracy, the ways in which it shapes our lives, and the ways our lives shape it. Democracy in his hands is neither an abstract principle nor a fixed set of ideas, but rather a remarkably supple guidebook for government of others and government of the self.—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

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