For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

References for Theme: After Virtue

  • MacIntyre, Alasdair
    • After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (1981)
      (p.226) "The kind of work done by the vast majority of the inhabitants of the modern world cannot be understood in terms of the nature of a practice with goods internal to itself, and for very good reason. One of the key moments in the creation of modernity occurs when production moves outside the household. So long as production work occurs within the structure of households, it is easy and right to understand that work as part of the sustaining of the community of the household and of those wider forms of community which the household in turn sustains. As, and...
    • After Virtue (1981)
      (p.187) a practice is: any coherent form of socially established cooperative activity through which goods internal to that form of activity are realised in the course of trying to achieve those standards of excellence which are appropriate to, and partially definitive of, that form of activity. It "has “the result that human powers to achieve excellence, and human conceptions of the ends and goods involved, are systematically extended".
    • After Virtue (1981)
      (p.71) Among the central fictions of the age we have to place the peculiarly managerial function embodied in the claim to possess systematic effectiveness in controlling certain aspects of social reality. And this thesis may at first sight seem surprising for two quite different kinds of reason: we are not accustomed to doubt the effectiveness of managers in achieving what they set out to achieve and we are equally unaccustomed to think of effectiveness as a distinctively moral concept, to be classed with such concepts as those of rights and utility. Managers themselves and most writers about management conceive of themselves...
    • After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition (2007)
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