Emotions and Automation in a High-Tech Workplace: a Commentary

Steven Umbrello*

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In a recent article, Madelaine Ley evaluates the future of work, specifically robotised workplaces, via the lens of care ethics. Like many proponents of care ethics, Ley draws on the approach and its emphasis on relationality to understand ethical action necessary for worker wellbeing. Her paper aims to fill a research gap by shifting away from the traditional contexts in which care ethics is employed, i.e., health and care contexts and instead appropriates the approach to tackle the sociotechnicity of robotics and how caring should be integrated into non-traditional contexts. This paper comments on that of Ley’s, making the case that the author does, in fact, achieve this end while still leaving areas of potential future research open to buttressing the approach she presents.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12
JournalPhilosophy and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Applied ethics
  • Automation
  • Capabilities approach
  • Work


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