For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

References for Theme: Van Parijs Citations

  • Van Parijs, Philippe
    • Real Freedom for All (1995)
      (p.126) basic income is an income one is allowed to keep when earning additional income from waged labour or self employment. Hence, the higher the level of one's unconditional income, the higher not only one's consumption power, but also one's ability to get access to jobs with desirable non-pecuniary features. For the higher the grant, the easier it is to create one's own job by becoming self-employed, to work part-time or to accept a lower wage in order to get a job that has a non-pecuniary feature (including training opportunities that improve future pecuniary prospects) to which one attaches particular importance. The...
    • Real Freedom for All (1995)
      (p.138) For an activity to qualify as work, it must be one that is geared to the production (whether pleasurable or not) of a benefit that is external to the performance of the activity itself—and is, therefore, also capable of being enjoyed by others. This benefit need not be a material object. It can consist of the songs one sings no less than in the potatoes one grows. And it can also consist of both consumption and production goods. But pure play cannot be work: one can only work when playing football if one does so, or trains for doing so,...
    • Real Freedom for All (1995)
      (p.98) One old objection to distribution in proportion to work is that it conflicts with efficiency even in the weak sense of Pareto-optimality, by providing excessive incentives to work. …Far more serious are the tricky conceptual difficulties unavoidably raised by any approach that gives a key role to the notions of work and leisure. What shall we count as work? (Cleaning one's clients' shoes, cleaning one's children's shoes, cleaning one's own shoes, cleaning one's doll's shoes?) How should hours of work be made comparable? (Should one hour of effort-intensive work be equivalent to one hour of relaxed work, one hour of...
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