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Joshua Cohen, MA, PhD   Download vCard
Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, and Professor of Political Science, Philosophy, and Law and CDDRL Affiliated Faculty

Program on Global Justice
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Stanford University
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Research Interests
issues of global justice, including the foundations of human rights, distributive fairness, and supra-national democratic governance

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Joshua Cohen is a professor of law, political science, and philosophy at Stanford University, where he also teaches at the and helps to coordinate the Program on Liberation Technology. A political theorist trained in philosophy, Cohen has written extensively on issues of democratic theory—particularly deliberative democracy and the implications for personal liberty, freedom of expression, and campaign finance—and global justice. Cohen is author of On Democracy (1983, with Joel Rogers); Associations and Democracy (1995, with Joel Rogers); Philosophy, Politics, Democracy (2010); The Arc of the Moral Universe and Other Essays (2011); and Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals (2011). Since 1991, he has been editor of Boston Review, a bi-monthly magazine of political, cultural, and literary ideas. Cohen is currently a member of the faculty of Apple University.

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Google Finds It Hard to Reinvent Philanthropy
"I think there were from the beginning two competing ideas about what DotOrg would be,” said Joshua Cohen, a professor of law, politics and philosophy at Stanford who, after DotOrg was formed, was hired to create seminars to educate Googlers on issues bedeviling developing countries. “The first was a Googley idea that DotOrg would completely reinvent philanthropy and, in doing so, reinvent the world and ...
January 29, 2011 in New York Times

Presidential Fund for Innovation in the Humanities announces six awards
Principal investigators: Joshua Cohen, political science, philosophy and law; Soloman Feferman, mathematics and philosophy; Helen Longino, philosophy.
June 29, 2010 in Stanford Report

Interview with Joshua Cohen: What Would Rawls Do
The Stanford Progressive sat down with Stanford Professor and co-editor of The Boston Review Joshua Cohen.
May 19, 2010 in Stanford Progressive