Jean-Philippe Deranty and Nicholas Smith, New Philosophies of Labour: Work and the Social Bond
Jean-Philippe Deranty and Nicholas Smith, New Philosophies of Labour: Work and the Social Bond (Brill, 2012)
One of the most vexing questions in contemporary political philosophy and social theory concerns the framework within which to undertake a normatively well-grounded, empirically attuned critique of capitalist society. This volume takes the debate forward by proposing a new framework that emphasizes the central anthropological significance of work (its role in constituting human subjectivity) as well as the role work has in the formation of social bonds. Drawing on the philosophy of Hegel and the post-Hegelian tradition of critical social theory, special attention is given to the significance of recognition in work, the problems of misrecognition generated in the present culture of capitalism, and the normative resources available for criticising it.