Self Ownership Freedom and Equality

Author: Gerald Allan Cohen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521477512
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Defenders of capitalism claim that its inequality is the necessary price of the freedom that it guarantees. In that defense of capitalist inequality, freedom is self-ownership, the right of each person to do as he wishes with himself. The author shows that self-ownership fails to deliver the freedom it promises to secure. He thereby undermines the idea that lovers of freedom should embrace capitalism and the inequality that comes with it. In the final chapter he reaffirms the moral superiority of socialism, against the background of the disastrous Soviet experiment.

Class Counts

Author: Erik Olin Wright
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521556460
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The research in this study covers a wide range of topics, including the class character of friendship patterns, class mobility, the sexual division of labor in housework, gender differences in managerial authority, and class consciousness. They are united by a common explanatory factor: class.

The Politics of Equality

Author: Jason C. Myers
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848138466
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Why are socialists, communists and social democrats concerned with the distribution of wealth? Why do they place so much importance on public goods such as education and health care? To what extent does democracy matter to socialist ideologies? In The Politics of Equality, Jason C. Myers sheds new light on questions like this, providing a readable, contemporary introduction to egalitarian political philosophy. Concentrating on ideas and values rather than on the rise and fall of parties and movements, the book offers crucial insights into a vital tradition of political thought and how it is key to our understanding of contemporary debates from Obama's plans for a national health care programme to the recent global wave of economic state regulation. This is essential reading for anyone interested in constructing a more just society.

Dictionary of Twentieth Century British Philosophers

Author: Stuart Brown
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441192417
Format: PDF, Docs
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This is a two-volume work with entries on individuals who made some contribution to philosophy in the period 1900 to 1960 or soon after. The entries deal with the whole philosophical work of an individual or, in the case of philosophers still living, their whole work to date. Typically the individuals included have been born by 1935 and by now have made their main contributions. Contributions to the subject typically take the form of books or journal articles, but influential teachers and people otherwise important in the world of philosophy may also be included. The dictionary includes amateurs as well as professional philosophers and, where appropriate, thinkers whose main discipline was outside philosophy. There are special problems about the term "British" in the twentieth century, partly because of human migration, partly because of decolonialization and the changing denotation of the term. The intention has been to include not only those who were British subjects at least for a significant part of their lives (even if they mostly lived outside what is now the U.K.) but also people who spent a significant part of their lives in Britain itself, irrespective of their nationality or country of origin. In the first category are included, for instance, a number of people who were born and educated in Britain but who subsequently taught in universities abroad. In the second category are included those who were born elsewhere but who came to Britain and contributed to its philosophical culture.

Analytical Marxism

Author: Marcus Roberts
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN:
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A beautifully written exploration of identity and memory in a journey through Ireland. Enriched by cross-cultural comparisons with the history of the American West, A BOOK OF MIGRATIONS carves a new route through Ireland's history, literature and landscape. Rich with historical reflections, the book combines the virtues of the finest travel writing with a critical acuity.

Analytical Marxism

Author: John Roemer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521317313
Format: PDF
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A collection of essays by leading practitioners of 'analytical Marxism'.

Alternatives to Capitalism

Author: Jon Elster
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521378154
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A theoretical analysis and assessment of proposed alternatives to present-day capitalism.