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Joshua Cohen
Professor of Political Science, Philosophy and Law


Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society; Co-Director, Program on Liberation Technologies, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Joshua Cohen is a political theorist, trained in philosophy, with a special interest in issues that lie at the intersection of democratic norms and institutions. He has written extensively on issues of democratic theory, particularly deliberative democracy and its implications for personal liberty, freedom of expression, religious freedom, and political equality. Professor Cohen has also written on issues of global justice, including the foundations of human rights, distributive fairness, and supranational democratic governance. He is also a professor in Stanford's departments of political science and philosophy, teaches in Stanford's, and he serves as co-editor of Boston Review, a bimonthly magazine of political, cultural, and literary ideas. He has recently published Philosophy, Politics, Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2009); Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals (Oxford University Press, 2010); and The Arc of the Moral Universe and Other Essays (Harvard University Press, 2011). For 2012-13, Cohen is on leave, working as a member of the faculty of Apple University.

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