Stanford Experts

Joshua Cohen

Professor of ethics in society; Professor of Political Science, Philosophy and Law, Emeritus


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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. He has also written on issues of global justice, including the foundations of human rights, distributive fairness, supranational democratic governance, and labor standards in supply chains. Cohen serves as co-editor of Boston Review, a bimonthly magazine of political, cultural, and literary ideas.