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Philosophy of Work Network - Anca Gheaus

One crisis to solve another? The place of care in the future of work

Date & time
Friday, April 19, 2024
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Anca Gheaus (Central European University), Pablo Gilabert (Concordia) and Denise Celentano (Université de Montréal)


This event is free


Social Justice Centre



The philosophy of work is a burgeoning area of academic inquiry. There are philosophers across the world contributing to it. The core idea with the creation of the Philosophy of Work Network is to have a virtual space for people doing research on the philosophy of work to meet, learn about each other’s scholarship, and organize common activities.

The Philosophy of Work Network is organized by Denise Celentano (Université de Montréal) and Pablo Gilabert (Concordia University).

As part of the activities of the Philosophy of Work Network, Anca Gheaus (Central European University) will offer a presentation entitled: “One crisis to solve another? The place of care in the future of work”.

Abstract for "One crisis to solve another? The place of care in the future of work"

Two work-related crises are looming large: technological unemployment (possibly on mass scale) and a crisis of care (care for the elderly, healthcare, and the “loneliness epidemic”). I argue that we should think about these crises together, rather than separately, because each can provide practical and justificatory solutions to the other. On the practical side, we should aim to match the demand for care with the supply of labour freed by technological unemployment. On the justificatory side, the care crisis is relevant to the unemployment crisis because it fills in a gap in arguments to the conclusion that we should respond to automation by minimising involuntary unemployment. Reasons for the latter are: because the goods of work are important contributors to a good life; because work is integral to a good life insofar it is driven by the desire to serve others; and because, in a Dworkinian hypothetical insurance scheme, people would ensure against involuntary unemployment. If automation eliminated all necessary work, then realising some of the goods of work would be precluded, making the aspiration to serve needs unfulfillable, and providing re-training and new jobs would be very wasteful and hence unaffordable. The care crisis indicates there is, and there will always be, necessary work to be done. The unemployment crisis is relevant to the care crisis because we ought to meet emotional care needs in a politically legitimate manner. Alternative proposals are coercive, hence worrying for liberals. Moreover, coercion is corrosive to some aims of emotional care work, which is ideally motivated by caring about particular individuals.

The talk will be online. More info on the website of the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ)

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