sexta-feira, 2 de dezembro de 2016

Summer-School in Political Philosophy (Minho/2017)

Todos os anos, o Grupo de Teoria Política da Universidade do Minho organiza uma escola de verão de filosofia política na qual, ao longo de uma semana de atividades, pesquisadores e pesquisadoras apresentam suas pesquisas em torno de um tema contemporâneo de filosofia política. É com prazer que divulgamos no blog a edição de 2017 da escola que terá como tema as relações e o mundo do trabalho: Philosophical Ideas for a Brave New World of Work. Os professores convidados serão Ruth Yeoman (Oxford) e Lucas Stanczyk (Harvard). Yeoman é uma teórica da democracia no local de trabalho (ver aqui) e Stanczyk tem proposto formas de justiça para a esfera produtiva da economia (ver aqui). Trata-se de uma oportunidade única para entrar em contato com as fronteiras de pesquisa em filosofia política do mundo. O prazo para inscrição de trabalhos termina termina dia 20 maio de 2017. Mais informações na chamada abaixo e no site do Political Theory Group.

Summer-School in Political Philosophy & Public Policy
“Philosophical Ideas for a Brave New World of Work”
13-15 July, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal)

Invited Professors:

Ruth Yeoman (Oxford University)

Lucas Stanczyk (Brown University/Harvard University)

Organizers: Jurgen De Wispelaere (University of Tampere), James Hickson (York University) and Roberto Merrill (University of Minho) on behalf of the Political Theory Group of CEHUM, University of Minho (Braga)
Course Description:

In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in issues at the intersection of political philosophy and public policy. In particular, attention has increasingly turned to the question of what kind of institutions and policies would be needed in order to create a significantly more just society. Following past summer-schools on topics such as a justice between generations (2010), democratic virtues (2011), radical democracy (2012), basic income (2013), predistribution and property-owning democracy (2014), the ethics of banking (2015), the commons (2016), our next summer-school will be devoted to the future of work and a society in which the nature, meaning and distribution of work is expected to change considerably. The future of work is a topic of growing interest within academia, where it features prominently in recent debates in philosophy, history, law, political science, and economics. It is also features prominently in debates outside academia amongst social activists and policy-makers. In this summer school we will discuss insights emerging from philosophical reflection on the changing nature of work and think about normative principles guiding the future organization and allocation of work and its benefits and burdens.


The course features two invited professors, who each deliver three keynote lectures. In addition, we invite the participation of PhD students, postdoctoral scholars and established researchers to present their ongoing work on the philosophy of work or a related topic.

Invited Lectures:

Lucas Stanczyk will present material from a book manuscript titled From Each: A Theory of Productive Justice. In this manuscript, Lucas develops a framework for thinking about the rights and duties of liberal citizenship in an integrated way. He then deploys this framework to expose injustices in how modern societies reproduce themselves. These injustices arise when, thanks to the design of safety nets, ordinary citizens are made to work substantially more than what a liberal society at an advanced stage of economic development could reasonably expect. Conversely, productive injustices arise when the basic structure of the economy effectively lets the wealthy off the hook in myriad ways. To allow us to appreciate these injustices, the book develops tools for thinking about the kind of labor contribution that a liberal society can reasonably demand from each person, and it uses these tools to describe the way that actual societies routinely go overboard in their expectations for ordinary workers while being far too lenient on the wealthy. Lucas has been assistant professor of political science and affiliated faculty of philosophy at MIT. In 2016-17 he will be a research fellow at Brown University, and in 2017 he will join the philosophy department at Harvard.

Ruth Yeoman will address the following questions in relation to work: What is Work (including meaningful work)? Why is meaningful work important? How can we organize Work to promote meaningfulness? Is there a right to meaningful work? She will draw upon her book Meaningful Work and Workplace Democracy: a philosophy of work and a politics of meaningfulness, and other published material, such “Conceptualising Meaningful Work as a Fundamental Human Need” (Journal of Business Ethics). Ruth will examine the limits of liberal political theory when seeking justifications for the deliberate design of normatively desirable work, and will draw upon moral philosophy, care ethics and recognition theory to describe the value of meaningfulness, and how to structure work for meaningfulness. She will also include research on meaningful work from organization studies and psychology. In so doing, she will claim that the value of meaningfulness applies not only to the individual experience of work, but also to social and economic units such as cities and supply chains. Ruth is a Research Fellow at Kellogg College and the Said Business School, University of Oxford, where she manages a range of research projects, including Ownership, Leadership and Meaningful Work funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme. Forthcoming publications include: The Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work (2018) and a Journal of Management Studies Special Issue on Meaningful Work (2018).


If you would like to participate, please send us an e-mail at  with your name and institutional details by 20 May 2017. If you would like to present your work to the summer school please send us a title and abstract of 300-500 words. The registration fee is 70 euros.

This event is organized by the Political Theory Group of CEHUM, University of Minho (Braga).