"Why Not Socialism? very elegantly advances philosophical arguments that Cohen has famously developed over the past twenty years, and it does so in a manner that is completely accessible to nonphilosophers. The book brilliantly captures the essence of the socialist ethical complaint against market society. Why Not Socialism? is a very timely book."--Hillel Steiner, University of Manchester
"Cohen makes out the case for the moral attractiveness of socialism based on the rather homely example of a camping trip. The positive argument of his book is impressive, and there is a rather disarming combination of simplicity of presentation and example with a deep intellectual engagement with the issues. It is very clear that there is an analytically powerful mind at work here."--Jonathan Wolff, author of Why Read Marx Today?
I found it to be an extremely quick and enjoyable read.
My main problem is the author doesn't seem to be as energetic in his arguments and debate... and this shows in the title of the book itself: Why not socialism?
The modern society is much more complicated and we behave differently on free time than in capitalist markets and work.
If anyone camping didn't share the "fair" amount nobody would put up with it.
At the society level that means enforcement, with guns. Read more
When I read these sorts of books I am always baffled. This author takes a subject he is clearly in favor of and strips away all of its negative and tragic history, and basically... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Commisioned
I was not aware when I ordered this book, that it was in fact not a book. Sure it has a hardback cover, but it's really a journal article or essay, with book binding. Read morePublished 12 months ago by CB
Well written and accessible; an interesting approach to the question. I enjoyed the discussions of the types and challenges of the different forms of inequality and the discussion... Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by SG
Opposers of socialism are not opposed to its true merits but on logical fallacy. They often bring up Stalins Russia to discredit socialism. Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by Kyosuke Hanakara
The late great thinker G.A. Cohen advocates again, this time in only 82 pages, for a better society in which the principle of community can temper the principle of equality,... Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Bartolome Mesa Gil
I hoped this book was longer than what it actually was... the book is small with big font and less than 100 pages. Read morePublished on October 16, 2009 by Joshua Purcell
Gerald Allan Cohen's small book with the title 'Why not Socialism?' is refreshing reading in comparison with the heavy structural artillery of many former Marxists. Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by Sirno Samppa Pellervo