Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits / Edition 1

Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits / Edition 1

by Gilbert C. Meilaender
     
 

The wide range of readings in Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits proposes different ways of thinking about something most of us do every day-work. As part of the Ethics of Everyday Life series, these readings are an invitation to reflection and conversation. They focus not on rules for the workplace or on dilemmas in business ethics but on one of the most

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The wide range of readings in Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits proposes different ways of thinking about something most of us do every day-work. As part of the Ethics of Everyday Life series, these readings are an invitation to reflection and conversation. They focus not on rules for the workplace or on dilemmas in business ethics but on one of the most fundamental aspects of human existence in every time and place.

Gilbert C. Meilaender presents varied readings that explore many of the ways in which human beings have thought about the role of work in life-its meanings, its limits, and its relation to other obligations, to the life cycle, to play, and to rest. The readings in this volume range in time from the world of ancient Israel and the classical world of Greece and Rome to contemporary American society. They range in complexity from "The Little Red Hen' to philosophers such as Charles Taylor and Alasdair MacIntyre, and in genre from poetry by Kipling and George Herbert to essays by Dorothy Sayers and Roger Angell; from Tolstoy and Twain to Marx, Aristotle, and Karl Barth-all placed in the context of an extended discussion of the meaning of work in human life by Meilaender's introduction.

Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits enables any reader interested in understanding the moral and spiritual significance of work in our lives to enter into a conversation not only about what we do but who we are.

About the Author:

Gilbert C. Meilaender holds the Board of Directors Chair in Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University and is the author of Body, Soul, and Bioethics (Notre Dame Press, 1995) and Bioethics: A Primer for Christians (1996).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268019624
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Ethics of Everyday Life Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
948,557
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
IThe Meanings of Work
AWork as Co-Creation25
1Genesis 1:26-3127
2Work28
3The Grundrisse29
4The German Ideology30
5Anna Karenina31
6"When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted"42
7"Why Work?"43
8"The Sign of Four"47
BWork as Necessary for Leisure49
1Work and Days51
2Nicomachean Ethics55
3The Politics59
4Oeconomicus60
5"Leisure and Its Threefold Opposition"61
6"Buttons and Trash"64
7"Waiting for the Weekend"66
CWork as Dignified but Irksome69
1Genesis 3:8-1971
21 Thessalonians 4:10b-1272
32 Thessalonians 3:6-1272
4Judaism in the First Centuries of the Christian Era73
5The Little Red Hen74
6The Blithedale Romance76
7"The Village Blacksmith"82
8The Crown of Wild Olive84
9An Autobiography85
10The Road to Wigan Pier90
11The Ethics of Freedom99
DWork as Vocation104
11 Corinthians 7:17-24106
2Institutes of the Christian Religion107
3"A Treatise of the Vocations or Callings of men, with sorts and kinds of them, and the right use thereof"108
4"The Elixir"115
5"Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go"116
6The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism117
7"The Three Best Things - I: Work"118
8Sources of the Self119
9Business as a Calling124
IIThe Limits of Work
ARhythms of Life127
1Ecclesiastes 3:1-9129
2"On the Shortness of Life"130
3City of God132
4Church Dogmatics133
5Radio Address135
6Gift from the Sea136
7"Getting Sleepy"138
8Parents Forever141
BPlay143
1Henry IV, Part I145
2The Crown of Wild Olive146
3The Adventures of Tom Sawyer147
4Homo Faber152
5Men at Work155
6"Goodbye Tom"157
7"One Hard Way to Make a Living"158
8"Waiting for the Weekend"159
CPersonal Bonds160
1"Work: The Great Escape"161
2The Death of Ivan Ilyich165
3Common Courtesy171
4The Physician's Covenant177
5Parents Forever180
6"Lost in Work"185
DHistorical Transformations188
1Business as a Calling189
2"The Age of Social Transformation"193
3Business as a Calling204
4The Corrosion of Character208
5After Virtue214
6"Are Average Americans Really Overworked?"228
IIIRest
1Genesis 2:1-3233
2Exodus 16:1-30234
3Exodus 20:8-11235
4Psalm 95:8-11236
5Luke 10:25-42237
6"The Parson in Circuit"238
7"Leisure and Its Threefold Opposition"240
8The Vision of God242
9Spheres of Justice248
10"Observing the Sabbath"255
11The Sabbath261
12Prayer at the Close of Day268
Credits269

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