Clarifying Cohen: A Response to Jubb and Hall

Res Publica 19 (4):371-379 (2013)
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In this brief essay, we clarify Cohen’s ‘Facts and Principles’ argument, and then argue that the objections posed by two recent critiques of Cohen—Robert Jubb (Res Publica 15:337–353, 2009) and Edward Hall (Res Publica 19:173–181, 2013)—look especially vulnerable to the charge of being self-defeating. It may still be that Cohen’s view concerning facts and principles is false. Our aim here is merely to show that two recent attempts to demonstrate its falsity are unlikely to succeed



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Andrew T. Forcehimes
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Robert B. Talisse
Vanderbilt University

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Rescuing Justice and Equality.G. A. Cohen (ed.) - 2008 - Harvard University Press.
Facts and Principles.G. A. Cohen - 2003 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 31 (3):211-245.
Cohen to the rescue!Thomas Pogge - 2008 - Ratio 21 (4):454-475.

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