Work and Emancipation in the Age of Precarious: Engaging Habermas and His Critics
Michael Welton, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada
IJAVET Volume 5, Number 2, ISSN 1947-8607 Publisher: IGI Global
The domain and status of work or purposive-rational action in the writings of Jurgen Habermas is highly controversial. Some of his critics accuse him of abandoning the emancipatory potential of non-alienated labor, a central axiom of classic Marxism. This article analyzes his critics' arguments before taking up the influential commentary of Axel Honneth. His arguments are of significance for adult educators: he reinstates, modestly, the emancipatory potential of the organization of production by discovering a philosophical and moral grounding of this provocative proposal.
Welton, M. (2014). Work and Emancipation in the Age of Precarious: Engaging Habermas and His Critics. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 5(2), 60-73. IGI Global.