Practical Philosophy Webinar: Johan Andreas Trovik

Johan Andreas Trovik, Princeton University

Title: ‘Post-work’ social citizenship

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Johan Andreas Trovik, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Politics, Princeton University


In acknowledgement of its severe social pathologies, a growing number of scholars and activists are arguing for the need to ‘decentre’ work. This would require breaking the connection between work and income. Suggestions along these lines, however, appear quite quickly to find themselves at an impasse. Decentring work requires guaranteeing universally a free-standing source of income to all. However, a universal basic income (UBI) is commonly seen as an essential threat to the normative underpinnings of the politico-economic order that would be tasked with providing it, the welfare state. In this article, I attempt to assuage this worry about UBI. In doing so, I shall also defend a particular version of UBI, one that combines universal basic income with reintroducing mandatory schemes of social service. Contra widespread scepticism regarding the compatibility of UBI and the conception of justice undergirding our existing politico-economic order, I argue that this combination has the potential better to realise the deep normative underpinnings of the welfare state than our current regime.



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Published July 4, 2020 5:17 PM - Last modified Sep. 6, 2020 12:06 PM