What's Wrong with Work?

Amelia Horgan with Jana Bacevic

“Work hard, get paid.” It’s simple, even self-evident. But it’s also a lie – at least for most of us. For people today, the old assumptions are crumbling; hard work in school no longer guarantees a secure, well-paying job in the future. Far from a gateway to riches and fulfilment, “work” means precarity, anxiety, and alienation. 

In this conversation with Jana Bacevic, philosopher Amelia Horgan will pose three big questions: What is work? How does it harm us? And what can we do about it? While abolishing work altogether is not the answer, Horgan will show that when we are able to take control of our workplaces, we become less miserable, and can work towards the transformative goal of experimenting with “work” as we know it.

Amelia Horgan is a PhD candidate and assistant lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. Her research interests include political philosophy, feminism, Marxism, and critical theory. He first book Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism was published this year by Pluto Press. twitter.com/ameliahorgan

Jana Bacevic is assistant professor at Durham University, UK, and member of the editorial board of The Philosopher. Her work is in social theory, philosophy of science, and political economy of knowledge production, with particular emphasis on the relationship between epistemological, moral, and political elements. janabacevic.net / twitter.com/jana_bacevic

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Tuesday 2nd November

7.00 p.m. (UK time)/2.00 p.m. (EST)