In Defence of Meaningful Work as a Policy Concern

  • 04 Apr 2016

Department of Government Research Seminar

 

In Defence of Meaningful Work as a Policy Concern

 

Speaker: Dr. Keith Breen, Queen's University Belfast

 

Venue: ORB 2.55

 

3.00 - 4.30 pm, Tuesday 5th April

 

ALL WELCOME

Dr Keith Breen is Senior Lecturer in Political and Social Theory at the Queen's University Belfast, author of Under Weber's Shadow: Modernity, Subjectivity and Politics in Habermas, Arendt and MacIntyre (2012/2015), co-editor of Philosophy and Political Engagement: Reflection in the Public Sphere (2016), and co-editor of the Routledge book series Rethinking Political and International Theory

 

In Defence of Meaningful Work as a Policy Concern


Abstract: In this paper I examine the arguments put forward by those for whom ethical considerations as regards the good of meaningful work either do not play or should not play a role in modern politics. I hope to challenge three distinct claims to the effect that the demand for meaningful work, grounded upon an ethical ideal of such work as partly constitutive of a good human life, is either not a significant (Jürgen Habermas), a feasible (Alasdair MacIntyre), or an acceptable (Will Kymlicka) concern of public policy in liberal capitalist societies. My goal is to show that these claims are unconvincing and that the good of meaningful work remains an appropriate focus for contemporary political theory.

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