Call for papers: Philosophy and Work. Then and Now

P.O.I. – Points of Interest 5 (II/2019) (December)

The theme is to be developed in accordance with the criteria and terms further indicated, on the basis of the following considerations:

The legacy of the Twentieth Century for the new millennium has provided an idea of work that the latter has not been able, so far, to redefine and interpret in the light of interpretative keys of his own. This is primarily related to the fragmentation and hybridization of the working class, traditionally the main subject of investigation and focus of modern reflections on work. The current issue aims at inquiring the genesis of the concept of work, in order to understand whether and how a ‘pre-modern’ perspective can be of some use. Such an investigation is not meant to renounce to the categories defined by Karl Marx and Max Weber. Rather, it aims at bringing the idea of work to its most original nucleus by investigating its connection with other aspects of human action, especially since in our time the distinction between these fields is not so well defined and clear anymore.

Addressing today the issue of work from a philosophical point of view requires an effort to overcome the idea of ‘instrumental’ work, merely aimed at producing goods. Which idea of man (and his history as ‘animal laborans’) is conceivable before and after the Calvinistic/capitalistic model of work? Any approach to the ‘after’ must deal with the problem of the automation of production processes.

A non-binding list of possible and particularly appreciated aspects of the issue is provided below:

  • The new social actors who have replaced the salaryman;
  • Theological background of the notion of work in the modern era;
  • Disappearance or transformation of the homo faber in the contemporary world;
  • Future of the notion of work in his ‘4.0 form’;
  • ‘Improductive’ perspectives on the concept of work (e.g. Max Scheler and Simone Weil).

For procedures and terms of submission, kindly note the following:

  • All participants are required to send an abstract, which will undergo prior evaluation by the editorial board and will be selected on the basis of its relevance to the issue as stated in the CFP.
  • Abstract (about 2,000 characters, including spaces) submission deadline is August 30, 2019.
  • The results of the evaluation will be communicated to each participant individually within a week after the expiry of the deadline.
  • Paper (20,000 – 60,000 characters, including spaces) submission deadline is October 30, 2019.
  • Papers must be unpublished and not be simultaneously submitted to other journals for evaluation.
  • The languages accepted are: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish.

P.O.I. uses a system of double-blind peer-review.

All papers must contain: the name of the author, the title of the contribution, an abstract (up to 2,000 characters, including spaces) and 5 keywords, both in the language the article is written in and in English; they must also include the author’s e-mail address and a brief profile of his or her scientific activity.

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