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Philosophy & Problems of Work CB

By (author) SCHAFF
Genres: Philosophy
Format: Book
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, United States
Published: 1st May 2002
ISBN-10: 0585381976
ISBN-13: 9780585381978
Barcode No: 9780585381978
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Philosophy and the Problems of Work brings together for the first time important philosophical perspectives on the subjects of labor and work, spanning analytical and Continental traditions. This comprehensive collection engages contemporary debates in political theory and the philosophy of economics, including the perspectives of classical and welfare liberals, anarchists, and feminists, about the nature and meaning of work in modern technological society, the issues of meaningful work and exploitation, justice and equality, the welfare state and democratic rights, and whether market socialism is a competitive alternative to traditional capitalism. An introduction by the editor charts the historical development of these issues in philosophical and political discussions and examines the central importance of the organization and structures of work for both individual self-realization and human societies generally.Philosophy and the Problems of Work brings together for the first time important philosophical perspectives on the subjects of labor and work, spanning analytical and Continental traditions. This comprehensive collection engages contemporary debates in political theory and the philosophy of economics, including the perspectives of classical and welfare liberals, anarchists, and feminists, about the nature and meaning of work in modern technological society, the issues of meaningful work and exploitation, justice and equality, the welfare state and democratic rights, and whether market socialism is a competitive alternative to traditional capitalism. An introduction by the editor charts the historical development of these issues in philosophical and political discussions and examines the central importance of the organization and structures of work for both individual self-realization and human societies generally.

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Kory Schaff brings together here many of the important philosophical studies of work from the last fifty years. There is an ample spread of points of view---from Arendt to Roemer and from Nozick to Elster. With many of the authors commenting on one another in their essays, the reader gets the benefit of a genuine dialogue. Schaff has selected writings that probe the limitations of our actual world of work. Putting them all between one cover will be an impetus to further reflection on meaningful work, women's work, the right to work, exploitation, workfare, and democracy at work...--Milton T. Fisk A wonderful collection! With its focus on work, it provides an unique and illuminating approach to the central questions of social and political philosophy.--James P. Sterba, University of Notre Dame