For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Do We Have to Do Meaningful Work?"

by Michaelson, Christopher (2019)


Not enough people have decent work in the world today. Fewer still have work that they consider to be meaningful. Even among those people who have the power to choose their work, the absence of work that they consider to be meaningful adversely impacts their physical and emotional well-being—and a considerable portion of most adults’ waking hours are spent at work. Accordingly, work is a primary means by which most of us can experience meaningfulness in life. This chapter offers two arguments for why we have a moral obligation to pursue and practice meaningful work, if we have the autonomy to choose it.


Meaningful Work, Aristotle, Kant, Well-Being, Autonomy


Meaningful Work, Duty to Work

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