For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

A Theory of Justice

by Rawls, John (1971)

Key Passage

For while it is true that unless our endeavors are appreciated by our associates it is impossible for us to maintain the conviction that they are worthwhile, it is true that others tend to value them only if what we do elicits their admiration or gives them pleasure… Moreover, associative ties strengthen the second aspect of self-esteem, since they tend to reduce the likelihood of failure and to provide support against the sense of self-doubt when mishaps occur… Normally suffices that for each person there is some association (one or more) to which he belongs and within which the activities that are rational for him are publicly affirmed by others. (p.441)


Rawls, Pleasure, Rationality


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