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Gerald A. Cohen on History - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 81
History/Cohen, Gerald/Levine, Andrew: Cohen’s version of historical materialism is, at most, a theory of what could happen or, more precisely, of what would happen ceteris absentibus, in the absence of countervailing forces. It is not a prophecy of what is bound to come. Its purchase on historical inevitability is therefore more nuanced than anything that can be found in more traditional formulations of Marx’s idea.
VsCohen: Subject to relentless criticism, some of it from Cohen himself, many historical materialist claims came to seem indefensible. (Cohen’s own hesitations about the theory he had reconstructed and defended are evident in Cohen, 1988(1).) No one maintained that the theory ought to be cast entirely aside. But the historical materialism that emerged in the wake of the scrutiny Cohen’s work spawned was a considerably attenuated version of Marx’s theory.


1. Cohen, G. A. (1988) History, Labour and Freedom: Themes from Marx. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Levine, Andrew 2004. A future for Marxism?“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.


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Cohen I
Laurence Jonathan Cohen
"Some Remarks on Grice’s Views about the Logical Particals of Natural Languages", in: Y. Bar-Hillel (Ed), Pragmatics of Natural Languages, Dordrecht 1971, pp. 50-68
In
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, Georg Meggle, Frankfurt/M. 1979

Cohen II
Laurence Jonathan Cohen
"Mr. Strawson’s Analysis of Truth", Analysis 10 (1950) pp. 136-140
In
Theories of Truth, Paul Horwich, Aldershot 1994

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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