Analysis of the degradation of working conditions

Recently several studies have dealt with the deterioration of working conditions in capitalist economies. Among these studies we must mention the paper by Max Visser and Thomas C. Arnold.

These two researchers have studied working conditions in the platform economy, using Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition and the normative method of reconstruction. They highlighted a paradox: the autonomy and flexibility promised by this economy contrast with the working conditions actually observed.

In below, the references and the abstract of this paper published in open access.

OPEN ACCESS 20-03-2021 Recognition and Work in the Platform Economy: a Normative Reconstruction Authors: Max Visser, Thomas C. Arnold Published in: Philosophy of Management Issue 1/2022 Abstract The rise of the platform economy in the past two decades (and neoliberal capitalist expansion and crises more in general), have on the whole negatively affected working conditions, leading to growing concerns about the “human side” of organizations. To address these concerns, the purpose of this paper is to apply Axel Honneth’s recognition theory and method of normative reconstruction to working conditions in the platform economy. The paper concludes that the ways in which platform organizations function constitutes a normative paradox, promising flexibility and autonomy while at the same time creating working conditions that undercut these promises. The paper ends with a critical discussion of Honneth’s approach, possible supplementing ideas and further lines of future research.

The next post of this blog will present other studies devoted to this question.


Statistics: Concealed Values with Objective Appearance

A new post by Prof Asad Zaman

Slides in video for lecture available from slideshare: To register for an ongoing online course based on these concepts, Registrations will close on Oct 20, 2022 As described in the Preface, a radical rupture between “facts” and “values” was created in the early 20th century by the emergence of the philosophy of Logical Positivism. This […]

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The Greatest Puzzle of Human History

A new post by Prof Asad Zaman

An Islamic WorldView

Looking at the broad patterns of history from an Islamic perspective raises several major puzzles. More than fourteen centuries ago, a powerful message revealed by God to mankind dramatically changed the course of world history. It transformed ignorant and backwards tribes into world leaders, and created a civilization which enlightened the world for more than a thousand years. One of the unique features of Islam was the imperative to seek knowledge: the ink of the scholars was considered as more precious than the blood of the martyrs. This led the Muslims to gather knowledge from all over the globe.

It is useful to tag 1492 as the year when the world changed radically[1]. The successful voyage of Columbus to the Americas opened up vast treasures for exploitation by the Europeans. Completion of the reconquest of Al-Andalus led to the acquisition of the treasures of knowledge in the millions…

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Theories of Knowledge: Foundations for Statistics

A new post by Prof Asad Zaman about an Islamic Approach of Statistics.

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This is a draft of Section A of Chapter 1 of Real Statistics A Radical Approach. The video presents overlapping materials, but with different emphasis, sequencing, and subject matter. An outline of the video is given at the bottom of this post

A momentous revolution occurred in the Western intellectual tradition during the 1930s that shattered the spine of knowledge systems that humanity had preserved and transmitted across generations since the dawn of knowledge itself. This was the catastrophic movement called “logical positivism” in which “science” was classified as the sole source of knowledge, while all other types of human knowledge were reduced in value to meaningless noise.”  In her book entitled “The Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality”, Julie Reuben provides the historical details and documentation of this transition, sketched in the following quote:

In 1884 Harvard officials … had inherited a world…

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Real Statistics: Starts Sunday 18th Sep

Interesting ideas about conventional Statistics’ foundations and how to propose an alternative.

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This is to announce the first lecture of a course which aims to rebuild the discipline of statistics from the foundations. Use link to register. Foundations of modern statistics were laid by Sir Ronald Fisher. He was a eugenicist, who wanted to prove that racial superiority would persist through generations. To establish this, he studied the correlations between heights of fathers and sons. He was disappointed to see “regression” towards the mean – the heights of sons of extraordinarily tall fathers tended to fall back towards the average, rather than maintaining the superiority that he had hoped for. Fisher invented a methodology which relied on making arbitrary assumptions about the data (like that of normality), in order to be able to reduce the data to a small number of “sufficient statistics”. This was necessary for inference in a pre-computer era. Even though advances in computational power have made this…

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Online Course: Real Statistics: A Radical Approach

Pr. Asad ZAMAN’s thoughts about Real Statistics

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{} Wikipedia article about “How To Lie With Statistics” shows that this is the most popular statistics textbook, with larger sales than that of all other statistics textbooks combined!! WHY?

Three Major Defects in Modern Statistics: These defects are common to the entire structure of knowledge created in the West over the past few centuries, and these make it easy to lie with statistics:

  • Ontology: What exists
  • Epistemology: What can we know about the world (and what exists)
  • Methodology: What are the correct methods to acquire knowledge

All three were created in early 20th Century, based on the philosophy of Logical Positivism. This philosophy had a spectacular crash in mid 20th Century. BUT: the foundations of statistics were not revisited!! Planned course rebuilds statistics by replacing these foundations.

Historical Background of European Intellectual Developments

The philosophy of Logical Positivism is a theory of knowledge which arose in…

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Islamic Statistics: A Disruptive Technology

A new post by Prof. Asad Zaman

An Islamic WorldView

Disruptive technology is an innovation that significantly alters the way that consumers, industries, or businesses operate. A disruptive technology sweeps away the systems or habits it replaces because it has attributes that are recognizably superior.

In a previous posts Preface to Radical Statistics and Why an Islamic Approach to Statistics?, I have explained how we can develop a new approach to statistics, which rejects a century of developments based on a methodology created by Sir Ronald Fisher, father of modern statistics. It is my hope that this will be a disruptive technology – it will eventually sweep away the entire structure of knowledge which has been built up under this name, and replace it with a radically different alternative. This structure of statistics (which I studied in detail and depth at the Ph.D. Statistics program at Stanford University), is currently being taught in universities around the globe. This structure is deeply…

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هل يجوز للشريك أن يحصل على مبلغ معجل 

من مدونة الدكتور رفيق يونس المصري رحمه الله: هل يجوز للشريك ان يحصل على مبلغ معجل في مقابل نصيبه من الربح؟

مدونة د. رفيق المصري

في مقابل حصته من الربح ؟ وهل يعدّ هذا من التخارج ؟

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Preface to Radical Statistics

New contribution of Pr. ASAD ZAMAN

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I have recently complete a new textbook on elementary statistics which rejects the century long developments based on the approach created by Sir Ronald Fisher in the early 20th Century. It advocates rebuilding the discipline on new foundations. In particular, statistics should be treated as a modern branch of rhetoric: the art of persuasion using data. The video/blogpost below provides an introduction to the ideas that went into the creation of this new approach. Because it is in early draft form, the entire course is currently available online for beta-testing from I would request especially teachers of introductory statistics in the Islamic world to go through this course and provide me with feedback directly or on the website.

The Ghazali Project is based on the idea that a Western education imparts a Eurocentric worldview, as well as toxic moral ideas, to all students. But it also imparts essential…

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