What is work? How does it harm us? And what can we do about it?
16:00 - 17:00
Lectures, talks and seminars
Philosophy and Art History, School of
Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism
In her book "Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism", Essex Philosophy PhD student Amelia Horgan poses three big questions: what is work? How does it harm us? And what can we do about it?
For people today, the old assumptions about work 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. While abolishing work altogether is not the answer, "Lost in Work" shows 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's book was judged the Evening Standard's best non-fiction book in 2021 and called 'a brilliant, searing exposé of the lies underpinning work' by Owen Jones.
Join us for a critical discussion with Amelia of the contemporary reality of work. The event is open to all and copies of the book will be available for purchase.