dis:positions | #4 Work

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 7 pm, Salle Germaine Tillion, Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191
French with German translation

Economic and technological upheavals have fundamentally changed our understanding of work. But while economic and sociological analyses have oftentimes diagnosed its eventual vanishing, philosophers may yet be interested in something else: the “centrality” of work from an ethical, psychological, and social point of view. After all, as work becomes the site of new demands of self-realisation and autonomy, it is also, on the other hand, a site of suffering.

So how are we to understand what constitutes the activity of working? What does it reveal about our societies? Can we perhaps even liberate ourselves from work? These and other questions are among those that philosophers today may pose when looking at work and its social significance.

Jean-Philippe Deranty Macquarie University
Michel Lallement
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
Bénédicte Zimmermann
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Moderator: Katia Genel Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne | Centre Marc Bloch

The event is part of the series dis:positions | French Philosophy Today.