Work, Meaning and Virtue

Beadle, Ron (2019) Work, Meaning and Virtue. In: The Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work. Oxford Handbooks . Oxford University Press, pp. 73-87. ISBN 9780198788232

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The priority that we should attach to meaningful work has been contested in both rights-based/liberal and welfare/socialist traditions. To make the case for meaningful work in these traditions is first to overcome objections from within these traditions themselves concerning the conceptual validity of meaningful work, and the impact its prioritization might have on other valued goods. For virtue traditions, however, no such obstacles obtain. Undertaking meaningful work in the company of others is necessary if we are to learn to order our desires and develop virtues. The social embodiment of virtue traditions depends on internal relationships between the type of work required of us, the range of goods such work enables us to appreciate, and the qualities of character required for their realization. This chapter outlines the importance of meaningful work to the virtue traditions and draws on recent empirical research which provides support for their central contentions.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: meaningful work, virtue
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 16:13
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2021 03:30

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