Personal Choices, Institutions, and Justice: Defending Cohen's Position from Tan's Critique

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Date
2014-09-29
Authors
Sabzevari, Miriam
Keyword
Tan , philosophy , subject of justice , site of justice , political philosophy , personal prerogative , value pluralism , Cohen
Abstract
This essay will defend, in light of Kok-Chor Tan's critique, G. A. Cohen's position that justice should be conceived as an extensive project, whose purview includes personal choices as well as institutional structures, and that its content should be expressed not just in rules or laws, but in a culture or ethos which would guide society’s interpersonal interactions. This is primarily achieved by clarifying various aspects of Cohen's position, proving it more attractive than Tan characterizes it as being.
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