Does Labour Law Need Philosophical Foundations? (Introduction)
Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester, Virginia Mantouvalou (eds), Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law, OUP, 2018.
32 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2019
Date Written: January 12, 2018
This is the introductory chapter of the book Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law (Collins, Lester, Mantouvalou eds, OUP, 2018). It argues that labour law needs philosophical foundations and explains that careful reflection about underlying moral and political principles and values can serve to provide firm foundations and a clear sense of direction for labour law. At a time when many appear to doubt the value of labour laws and workers’ rights at all, the chapter suggests that it is necessary to reassert that the values and principles that provide the foundations for a system of labour law are not those of a narrow special interest group, but rather embrace interpretations of key values such as freedom, autonomy, dignity, equal respect, democracy, and social justice.
Keywords: labour law, philosophical foundations, political theory, dignity, liberty, exploitation, distributive justice, workplace democracy, social inclusion
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