For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"The Moral Meaning of Work"

by Wolfe, Alan (1997)


The debate over the moral meaning of work begins with an argument about whether work is basically degrading or enabling. Is work, as Herbert Marcuse suggested in Eros and Civilization, such a restraint on people's capacities for freedom that, in a future utopia, it would become the exception and leisure the rule? Or has work, as Daniel Bell wrote in The End of Ideology, “always stood at the center of moral consciousness” in the West-either as a corrective to idleness in Christian doctrine, or a genuine necessity for humanity in the ideas …


Meaning Of Work, Pathologies Of Work, Utopia, Freedom, Leisure, Morality


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