On May 14, we will hold a workshop at McGill on Alex Gourevitch’s manuscript Something of Slavery Still Remains: Labor and the Cooperative Commonwealth. Gourevitch is Assistant Professor of Political Science at McMaster University, soon to be Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brown University, and one of the authors of last year’s Crooked Timber critique of bleeding-heart libertarianism. The manuscript is on issues related to last year’s blog exchange: the relationships among classical liberal and republican conceptions of freedom on one hand and workplace and labor relations on the other, with special attention to nineteenth-century debates about wage labor and “free labor.” (There are interesting points of contact with the views Gary Chartier has developed on the blog and elsewhere.) The workshop is an annual event of the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique; the manuscript is chosen by an annual competition.
The workshop is open by registration at the link; attendees are expected to read the manuscript in advance.