|Salary:||£35,308 per annum|
|Placed On:||31st March 2023|
|Closes:||2nd May 2023|
A Postdoctoral Researcher is required to work on the Faculty of Humanities-funded project, “Analysing and Critiquing Relations of Inequality, directed by Christian Schemmel, MANCEPT, Department of Politics, University of Manchester [UoM].
The Project: Analysing and Critiquing Relations of Inequality
This is a project in the political philosophy of justice and equality with significant interdisciplinary elements. It connects with inequality research in other disciplines, especially sociology of class. According to relational egalitarianism, the value of equality requires that social and political relations be free from hierarchies of unchecked power, respect, and social status. This ideal has gained traction in the recent literature, but relational egalitarians have settled neither what social hierarchy is and what is unjust about it, exactly, nor what the main concrete implications of the ideal are for contemporary societies.
Relational egalitarians frequently use, for heuristic purposes, ideal-typical examples in which one person enjoys comprehensive, arbitrary power over her inferiors (as masters do over slaves), or in which a comprehensive hierarchy of respect and esteem reigns supreme (as in feudal or caste societies). Yet this is mostly not how hierarchy works in our societies, where mechanisms of domination and status differentiation are subtler, and more manifold and multidimensional, rarely leading to rigid rankings. Analyses of social class promise to yield a clearer and more nuanced view of the kinds of hierarchies at work in these societies, and are crucial for explaining the nature of individual encounters on a footing of inequality. A sustained focus on connecting theories of relational equality to sociological research on class can thus serve to test their coherence and plausibility, develop them further, and deliver more targeted and applicable policy and institutional implications.
The project has two parallel strands. The first focuses on the questions of which asymmetries in social relations are (in)compatible with relational egalitarian demands of justice, in domestic or international settings, and on the relationship between the basic moral equality of persons and relational equality. The second focuses on what relational egalitarianism in political philosophy and theory can learn from research on social class in contemporary sociology (e.g. from Bourdieusian approaches). It asks how philosophical accounts of non-domination, and of equality of respect, status, and social esteem have to be reformulated and adapted to be able to account adequately for class-based generation and reproduction of social inequality.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be based at the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), enjoying full integration into its very active and supportive research environment.
Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 15 May 2023.
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Name: Christian Schemmel
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.
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