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Denise Celentano

Postes occupés

2019-2020 à aujourd'hui Stagiaire postdoctoral-e,

Participations aux événements du CRÉ

4 mai 2021 Les invisibles et inaudibles de la philosophie
6 mai 2021 CRÉ, Parr & Chaire Hoover
24 mars 2021 Philosophy&Cinema
10 février 2021 Philosophy&Cinema
13 janvier 2021 Philosophy&Cinema
9 décembre 2020 Philosophy&Cinema
18 novembre 2020 Philosophy&Cinema
28 janvier 2021 « Hierarchies »
24 avril 2020 Relational Equality in the Division of Labor
12 mars 2020 Philosophy&Cinema


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research on Ethics of the Université de Montréal, working on the research project ‘Cooperating as Peers: Rethinking Labor Justice in an Unequal World’ under the supervision of Peter Dietsch and Pablo Gilabert, while teaching Philosophy of Economics.

I was previously a Berggruen Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at New York University, where I contributed to an interdisciplinary project about the normative dimensions of work and its long-term changes supervised by Kwame Anthony Appiah. I hold a PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the University of Catania; as a PhD student, I was based at the Centre “Maurice Halbwachs” at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. I hold degrees in Philosophy from the Sapienza University of Rome.

In the area of contemporary political philosophy, I am mostly interested in problems of social justice and equality, with a focus on work as a problem of justice. Among the questions that my research addresses there are: How do we distinguish unfair forms of work and division of labor? What forms of work are objectionable from the perspective of justice? What strategies of labor justice are compatible with – or help realizing – the ideal of social equality? How could technology help us in making social cooperation fairer?

To deal with these issues, I am developing a new framework of work fairness based on the norm of ‘contributive parity’. Rather than addressing normative problems of work merely in terms of individual autonomy and subjective self-realization, or as distributive issues of fair access into occupations, this view conceptualizes labor justice as demanding that individuals be not prevented from contributing to social cooperation as peers with regard to four key dimensions of labor justice: economic-distributive, relational, political, and contributive.

I have applied this perspective to the issue of automation in the article “Automation, Labour Justice, and Equality” Ethics and Social Welfare (2019), where I argue that instead of starting from a zero-sum game between work and technology, as it is often the case, the debate on automation should rather focus on the question of how to make technology an ally in making social cooperation fair.

I also have an interest in issues of feminist theory, economic ethics, distributive justice, and the political philosophy of technology. In my work, I always attempt to combine the resources that analytical political philosophy and critical social theory provide to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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