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Just Work

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This elegant essay on the justice of work focuses on the fit between who we are and the kind of work we do. Russell Muirhead shows how the common hope for work that fulfills us involves more than personal interest; it also points to larger understandings of a just society. We are defined in part by the jobs we hold, and Muirhead has something important to say about the par ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Harvard University Press (first published October 15th 2004)
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Tara
May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
i thought this book was an excellent critique of critiques of work, particularly Friedan's the Femimine Mystique. I liked the double meaning of the title- Just Work- as in work that is just, and Just Work, as in, it is just my crappy job. i don't think Muirhead refers to the second meaning.

I really liked this quote. I think it says so much and sums up the book beautifully.

"Work does not “give” dignity to our lives through the excellence or happiness it fosters. The dignity of work comes less fro
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Margaret Muirhead
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book! Just some lite academic reading for when you're in the mood for some political philosophizing!
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“ Work does not “give” dignity to our lives through the excellence or happiness it fosters. The dignity of work comes less from its ideal promise than from the way we show, through it, a determination to endure what is difficult for the sake of discharging our responsibilities and contributing to society. It is less the source of our happiness than the illustration that we deserve happiness. Through work we reveal our tough minded commitment in the face of conditions that cannot bend exactly to our will. When this commitment brings a partial triumph over an unaccommodating world, work illuminates something of the dignity that resides in us independent of the character of our work. It expresses a kind of defiance, for we willfully ignore the ultimate resistance of a world we yet try to shape. Thus work reveals, though it cannot produce, the dignity of those who take their condition to be at least partly of their own making.” 2 likes
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