Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits

Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits

by Gilbert C. Meilaender
     
 

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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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780268019617
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Series:
Ethics of Everyday Life Series
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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William F. May
Who could have put together a quilt of passages as diverse and imaginatively patterned as the selections Gilbert Meilaender has chosen-from Marx to Mark Twain-for this anthology on working? W. H. Auden perhaps. Gilbert Meilaender has also favored us with a wise and elegantly written introduction to a volume that should enrich personal reflection and stimulate classroom and public discussion.
3 (William F. May, Cary M. Maguire Professor of Ethics, Southern Methodist University)
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Meilaender is a writer of elegance and power; a thinker of subtlety and grace. He reminds us of the compelling and continuing force of Scriptural and theological understandings of work. Most importantly, in a time when work dominates so much of our lives-or busyness does, at any rate-he asks us, through his commentary and selections, to ponder the meaning and role of work in our lives and to assess work within a wider framework of God's creation and purpose for us.
— (Jean Bethke Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, The University of Chicago)

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