Work and Freedom: Ethical and Political Perspectives
This PhD project will explore the realm of work and economic activity more generally in terms of its significance for human freedom along its various dimensions. The PhD candidate will research the value of freedom and how it is connected to and instanced in contemporary work in the formal (paid employment, self-employment) and informal economies (domestic work, care work, etc). The purpose of the project is to investigate the ways in which work both advances and hinders human freedom, especially in light of contemporary developments in work technologies and work organization.
This project will last for 3 years and will run alongside cognate research conducted by the political theory group within the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Politics. The PhD candidate will be mentored by academic staff with specialisms in the ethics and philosophy of work and in wider political theory and philosophy. The ultimate goal of the project is to ascertain the ethical and political implications of work for the experience of freedom in contemporary societies and to determine how we should respond to those implications. The candidate will have the space to develop the project as best they see fit under supportive supervision. It is expected that the candidate will work closely with colleagues in the political theory group in organizing seminars and producing publications on the project topic.
Dr Keith Breen
Dr Keith Breen’s research areas are political and social theory, his focus being questions of political ethics and philosophies of work and economic organization.
Full-time: 3 years
Part-time: 6 years