Teaching drunk: Work, the online economy, and uncertainty in action
AuthorKramer, Max F.
AffiliationDepartment of Philosophy and Program in Cognitive Science, University of Arizona
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PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
CitationKramer, M. F. (2021). Teaching drunk: Work, the online economy, and uncertainty in action. Philosophy.
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AbstractTechnological developments have led to the digitization of certain sectors of the economy, and this has many authors looking ahead to the prospects of a post-work society. While it is valuable to theorize about this possibility, it is also important to take note of the present state of work. For better or worse, it is what we are currently stuck with, and as the COVID-19 pandemic has ensured, much of that work is now taking place online. Though a 'return to normalcy' is on the horizon, part of that normalcy involves online work, which is itself a significant change in the lives of many workers. Here I develop an account of work on which work is teleologically structured. This gives the result that working is something we can fail at doing, even when we try, and we can also be unsure of whether we've succeeded or failed. The shift of certain work from in-person to online modes generates a persistent uncertainty for workers in affected professions. Because our ability to work is something we typically value, this uncertainty has significant negative consequences for a worker's self-conception. Indeed, it is analogous to disorders of agency and generates a kind of alienation.
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