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"In Defence of Meaningful Work as a Public Policy Concern"

by Breen, K (2016)

Abstract

Breen critically examines the arguments put forward by those for whom ethical considerations either do not play or should not play a role in modern politics. Breen challenges three distinct claims to the effect that the demand for meaningful work, grounded upon an ethical ideal of such work as partly constitutive of a good human life, is either not a significant, a feasible, or an acceptable concern of public policy in liberal capitalist societies. Based on a detailed examination of the work of J├╝rgen Habermas, Will Kymlicka, and Alasdair MacIntyre, among others, as well as a thorough analysis of the possibilities for meaningful work in modern economic contexts, Breen provides a timely analysis of the place of ethics in both politics and philosophy.

Keywords

Meaningful Work, Public Policy, Ethics, Political Theory, Political Policy, Kymlicka

Themes

Meaningful Work

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