References for Theme: Veblen
- Ranson, Baldwin
- Taka, T
- Veblen, Thorstein
- "The instinct of workmanship and the irksomeness of labor" (1898)
(p.190) the aversion to labor is in great part a conventional aversion only. In the intervals of sober reflection, when not harassed with the strain of overwork, men's common sense speaks unequivocally under the guidance of the instinct of workmanship. They like to see others spend their life to some purpose, and they like to reflect that their own life is of some use. All men have this quasi-aesthetic sense of economic or industrial merit, and to this sense of economic merit futility and inefficiency are distasteful. In its positive expression it is an impulse or instinct of workmanship; negatively it expresses itself in a deprecation of waste. This sense of...
- The instinct of workmanship and the state of the industrial arts (2017)
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