Debating a Post-Work Future: Perspectives from Philosophy and the Social Sciences

New York, NY, USA: Routledge (2024)
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Growing economic inequality, workforce precarity, the perceived meaninglessness of many jobs, and the prospect of widespread technological unemployment have led to an unprecedented level of critical scrutiny of the institution of work. Some scholars go so far as to propose that we should take seriously, or even embrace, a “post-work” future. This volume aims to provide the first critical overview of the scholarly arguments about the design and desirability of such a “post-work” world. Topics addressed in its chapters include the historical origins of the work ethic; work’s relation to freedom, leisure, and self-realization; alternative visions of a post-work world; the intersection of post-work thinking with economic justice; and post-work’s relevance to environmental sustainability, care work, and democratic change.

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Michael Cholbi
University of Edinburgh
Denise Celentano
Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Kory P. Schaff
California State University, Los Angeles

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