[SydPhil] Onni Hirvonen (Jyväskylä) "Recognitive Arguments for Workplace Democracy" Macquarie 20 Feb, 1-3pm

Jean-Philippe Deranty jp.deranty at mq.edu.au
Thu Jan 31 16:52:28 AEDT 2019

Event details:
Wednesday 20 February, 1-3pm, AHH 2.320. All welcome.

Speaker: Onni Hirvonen (University of Jyväskylä)

Title: "Recognitive Arguments for Workplace Democracy"

Work is central and necessary. Social recognition is central and necessary. This presentation takes these two believable assumptions about human life and argues that from the perspective of Hegelian recognition-theories, work and working life should be democratized. Why so? If we frame work as something that is essentially social and closely tied with social recognition, it becomes possible to understand arbitrary social suffering that permeates working life as caused by disrespect or misrecognition. Work ultimately promises respect, esteem, and freedom but in many cases these promises go unfulfilled, partly because of the hierarchic organization of work.
This presentation aims to show that through democratizing work it becomes possible to a) enhance freedom, b) create new avenues for social recognition, and c) alleviate social suffering. The talk finishes with a short consideration of the most common counterarguments to democratization of work: argument from efficiency, argument from epistemology, and argument from liberty.

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