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.
1.Work, Recognition and the Social Bond: Changing Paradigms / Jean-Philippe Deranty -- pt. ONE FROM HEGEL TO INSTITUTIONALISM -- 2.The Role of Work within the Processes of Recognition in Hegel's Idealism / Paul Redding -- 3.The Legacy of Hegelian Philosophy and the Future of Critical Theory / Hans-Christoph Schmidtam Busch -- 4.Recognition Theory and Institutional Labour Economics / Craig MacMillan -- pt. TWO CRITIQUE, NORM AND WORK -- 5.The Political Invisibility of Work and its Philosophical Echoes / Emmanuel Renault -- 6.Expression and Cooperation as Norms of Contemporary Work / Jean-Philippe Deranty -- 7.Three Normative Models of Work / Nicholas H. Smith -- pt. THREE WORK AND SUBJECTIVITY: TOWARDS A PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY -- 8.From the Psychopathology to the Psychodynamics of Work / Christophe Dejours -- 9.Care as Work: Mutual Vulnerabilities and Discrete Knowledge / Pascale Molinier -- pt. FOUR WORK, RECOGNITION AND THE CHANGING FACE OF CAPITALISM -- 10.Admiration without Appreciation? The Paradoxes of Recognition of Doubly Subjectivised Work / Stephan Voswinkel -- 11."Exclusive Focus on Figures. Exclusive Focus on Returns." Marketisation as a Principle of Organisation and a Problem of Recognition / Gabriele Wagner -- 12.A Critical Assessment of Orthodox Economic Conceptions of Work / Dale Tweedie -- 13.Liberalism, Neutrality and Varieties of Capitalism / Russell Keat.