On Cohen’s Critique of Technology and Social Justice
Advances in Sciences and Humanities
Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages: 43-48
Received: Dec. 6, 2018; Accepted: Jan. 10, 2019; Published: Apr. 12, 2019
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Li Yong, Marxist Philosophy Institute, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China
Zhang Yi, Philosophy, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
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It is supposed that to be just in society is the intrinsic pursuit of Marxist theory in Marx’s original text. While as the result of historical context, according to Marx, the just society can be realized in a far future. Cohen holds materialism standpoint to illustrate historical materialism creatively by functional explanation in the modern history context. In a new time with much more advanced science and technology, he is keeping going with the route of Marxism for overcoming the technique alienation and argues that in order to realize freedom, equality and justice, appealing to empirical critique of technology and exploration of social theory is essential. The demonstration of that freedom, equality and justice are compatible, which is a cornerstone of practical just social theory. As Cohen is in the analytical tradition, his creative functional explanation presents obvious empiricism and analytical character. He digs out the key of resolving problem of development in moral dimension apart from the materialism, and conducts the argument to attack the political designs, which separates free distribution in market, quality in society, and just spirit from each other. This essay is intended to figure out Cohen’s argument that is based on the traditional Marxism and stand, while points out a new way to help people reach the just society at the much more near future.
Justice, Functional Explanation, Critique
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Li Yong, Zhang Yi, On Cohen’s Critique of Technology and Social Justice, Advances in Sciences and Humanities. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2019, pp. 43-48. doi: 10.11648/j.ash.20190502.11
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