Benjamin Burgis

Philosophy Instructor
Benjamin Burgis
Ben Burgis is a columnist for Jacobin Magazine, an adjunct philosophy professor at Rutgers University, and the host of the podcast and YouTube show "Give Them An Argument." He's the author of three books, most recently "Christopher Hitchens: What He Got Right, How He Went Wrong, and Why He Still Matters" (forthcoming).

UPCOMING EVENTS

G.A. Cohen vs. Jason Brennan: Why Not Socialism/Capitalism? (A Three-Week Webinar)

G.A. Cohen vs. Jason Brennan: Why Not Socialism/Capitalism? (A Three-Week Webinar)

Sundays, Dec 5 - Dec 19, 10am-12pm PT / 1pm-3pm ET

In the last year of his life, the great Marxist analytic philosopher G.A. Cohen put out a very short book (called "Why Not Socialism?") presenting the case for a socialist transformation of the economy in a compelling and unusual way. Five years later, the libertarian philosopher Jason Brennan wrote a response in the same format called, "Why Not Capitalism?" In this course we'll take a hard look at the arguments in both books.

In the last year of his life, the great Marxist analytic philosopher G.A. Cohen put out a very short book (called "Why Not Socialism?") presenting the case for a socialist transformation of the economy in a compelling and unusual way. Five years later, the libertarian philosopher Jason Brennan wrote a response in the same format called, "Why Not Capitalism?" In this course we'll take a hard look at the arguments in both books.

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Bio

Ben Burgis is a democratic socialist political commentator as well as an adjunct philosophy professor at Rutgers University. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Miami, where he wrote his dissertation on logical paradoxes. After the publication of his first book, "Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left," he started doing a weekly segment on The Michael Brooks Show called "The Debunk." He now hosts his own podcast and YouTube show, "Give Them An Argument."

Ben is the author of two other books, "Canceling Comedians While the World Burns: A Critique of the Contemporary Left" and "Christopher Hitchens: What He Got Right, How He Went Wrong, and Why He Still Matters" (forthcoming). He's also under contract with Verso for a book co-written with Bhaskara Sunkara and Mike Beggs on what an economy based on workers' control of the means of production could look like in practice. He works as a columnist for Jacobin Magazine.

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