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Working as Equals: June 2021 Workshop

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Registration is now open for Working as Equals, a workshop on relational egalitarianism and the workplace. The workshop will take place online from 2-5 June 2021, 2-7pm UTC (10am-3pm Eastern Time, 7am-12pm Pacific Time). Please register at

A full program follows. For more details, including abstracts, see

Keynote Speakers

Nien-hê Hsieh (Harvard)
Niko Kolodny (Berkeley)
Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus)
Debra Satz (Stanford)


If we’re equals, then how come you’re my boss? This question lies behind a growing wave of ethical criticism that is directed at hierarchical workplace structures and deploys various ideals of relational (or social) equality. Can workplace hierarchy be justified, and how can this justification be squared with the ideal of relating to each other as equals? The Working as Equals workshop seeks to illuminate the moral dimensions of today’s workplace relations. It also aims to bring into focus the promise and limitations of the relational turn in ethical theory, using the workplace as a lens.



Wednesday 2 June

3pm-3.15pm UTC
Opening Remarks


3.15pm-4.30pm UTC
Debra Satz, “The case for democratizing work”
Comments: Samuel Freeman


4.45pm-5.45pm UTC
Sabine Tsuruda, “Workplace democracy”
Comments: Daniel Markovits


6pm-7pm UTC
Grant Rozeboom, “Good enough for equality”
Comments: Gopal Sreenivasan


Thursday 3 June

2pm-3pm UTC
Iñigo González-Ricoy, “Self-employment and independence”
Comments: Lisa Herzog


3.15pm-4.15pm UTC
Nicolas Cornell, “The supposed wrong of time theft”
Comments: tba


Michael Cholbi, “Justice in human capital”
Comments: Christian Neuhäuser


6pm-7pm UTC
Pierre-Yves Néron, “Seeing like a firm: working as equals and the challenge of conservatism”
Comments: Véronique Munoz-Dardé


Friday 4 June

3.15pm-4.30pm UTC
Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, “Workplace discrimination, relational equality, and the comparative view”
Comments: Erin Beeghly


4.45pm-5.45pm UTC
Clara Lingle, “Scanlon on status inequality”
Comments: Rahul Kumar


6pm-7pm UTC
David Silver, “Hobby Lobby and the moral relationship between employers and employees”
Comments: Amy Sepinwall


Saturday 5 June

2pm-3pm UTC
Julian Jonker, “The workplace as a political institution”
Comments: RJ Leland


3.15pm-4.30pm UTC
Nien-hê Hsieh, “What is special about work?”
Comments: Andreas Schmidt


4.45pm-5.45pm UTC
Brian Berkey, “Relational egalitarianism, institutionalism, and workplace hierarchy”
Comments: Han van Wietmarschen


6pm-7.15pm UTC
Niko Kolodny, “Is there an objection to workplace hierarchy?”
Comments: Jed Lewinsohn


Contact Information:

Questions may be directed to the workshop co-organizers, Julian Jonker (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) at or Grant Rozeboom (Saint Mary’s College of California) at