Technological advances in computerization and robotics threaten to eliminate countless jobs from the labor market in the near future. These advances have reignited the debate about universal basic income. The essays in this collection offer unique and compelling perspectives on the ever-changing nature of work and the plausibility of a universal basic income to address the elimination of jobs from the workforce. The essays address a number of topics related to these issues, including the prospects of libertarian and anarchist justifications for a universal basic income, the positive impact of a basic income on intimate laborers such as sex workers and surrogates, the nature of "bad work" and who will do it if everyone receives a basic income, whether a universal basic income is objectionably paternalistic, and viable alternatives to a universal basic income. This book raises complex questions and avenues for future research about universal basic income and the future of work in our increasingly technological society. It will be of keen interest to graduate students and scholars in political philosophy, economics, political science, and public policy who are interested in these debates.
Table of Contents
Michael Chobli and Michael Weber
1. A Hayekian Case for Free Markets and a Basic Income
2. An Anarchist Defense of a Basic Income
3. Relational Sufficientarianism and Basic Income
4. The Anti-paternalist Case for Basic Income Provision
5. Work and Worth: Basic Income and the Social Meaning of Work
6. Work, Technology, and Inequality
7. In Defence of the Post-Work Future: Withdrawal and the Ludic Life
8. Universal Basic Income and the Good of Work
9. Basic Income and the Future of Bad Work
10. Basic Income and Intimate Labor
Michael Cholbi is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the California Center for Ethics and Policy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is the author of Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions (2011), Understanding Kant’s Ethics (2016), and Procreation, Parenthood, and Educational Rights (2017).
Michael Weber is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He has published widely in ethics and political philosophy on topics including rational choice theory, ethics and the emotions, and egalitarianism. He has also co-edited six volumes on applied ethics and political philosophy, including Paternalism: Theory and Practice (2013), Manipulation: Theory and Practice (2014), The Ethics of Self-Defense (2016), Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates (2017), and Religious Exemptions (2017).