Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (2):171-199 (2016)

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Pablo Gilabert
Concordia University
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The current legal and political practice of human rights invokes entitlements to freely chosen work, to decent working conditions, and to form and join labor unions. Despite the importance of these rights, they remain under-explored in the philosophical literature on human rights. This article offers a systematic and constructive discussion of them. First, it surveys the content and current relevance of the labor rights stated in the most important documents of the human rights practice. Second, it gives a moral defense of these rights arguing that their support involves an appropriate response to important human interests and to the human dignity of workers. Finally, it explores central normative issues about the relation between labor rights and human dignity. It responds to some objections about the importance of work, explains why labor human rights may not exhaust the demands of dignity regarding labor and arbitrates a common tension between independence and solidarity within our practical affirmation of human dignity.
Keywords dignity  human rights  labor rights  solidarity  power  independence  work  labor
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Dignity at Work.Pablo Gilabert - 2018 - In Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester & Virginia Mantouvalou (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 68-86.
Facts, Norms, and Dignity.Pablo Gilabert - 2019 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 22 (1):34-54.
Protecting the Entrepreneurial Poor: A Human Rights Approach.Jahel Queralt - 2019 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 18 (4):336-357.

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