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Applying The Ethics Of Recognition: Work And The Social Bond

A/Prof Nicholas Smith; Dr Jean-Philippe Deranty - ARC Discovery

What is it that binds individuals together in society? How are those bonds affected by the work we do? This project in social philosophy proposes that in modern societies at least, individuals need to be connected through relationships of mutual recognition. It demonstrates that such relationships penetrate all levels of modern society - the economy as much as culture and the family - and it shows in particular that expectations of recognition reach deep into the world of work. The project combines conceptual analysis with an examination of recent empirical studies to offer a new interpretation of the moral significance of work, and it elevates changes in work by reference to the standard of mutual recognition.

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Autonomy and Identity: A Relational Theory

A/Prof Catriona Mackenzie - ARC Discovery

Autonomy is widely regarded as an important value in liberal democratic societies and underpins many of the basic rights and legal protections enjoyed by citizens. The principle of respect for autonomy is a guiding ethical principle in a range of areas, including in medical and legal contexts, for example in requirements regarding informed consent, and in ethical guidelines governing protocols for research involving human subjects. A better understanding of autonomy and its relationship to the social context has the potential to produce indirect socio-economic benefits by informing theory and practice in these and other areas.

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