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Philosophy and the Problems of Work A Reader

ISBN-10: 0742507955
ISBN-13: 9780742507951
Edition: 2001
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Description: Philosophy and the Problems of Work brings together for the first time important philosophical perspectives on the subject of labor and work. Ranging from selections by historical figures such as Plato, Rousseau, Smith and Marx to contemporary  More...

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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/4/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Philosophy and the Problems of Work brings together for the first time important philosophical perspectives on the subject of labor and work. Ranging from selections by historical figures such as Plato, Rousseau, Smith and Marx to contemporary debates in political theory and philosophy of economics, the reader covers a variety of viewpoints across both analytical and Continental traditions, including ancient and modern thinkers, classical and welfare liberals, Marxists, anarchists and feminists.

Michel Foucault was born on October 15, 1926, in Poitiers, France, and was educated at the Sorbonne, in Paris. He taught at colleges all across Europe, including the Universities of Lill, Uppsala, Hamburg, and Warsaw, before returning to France. There he taught at the University of Paris and the College of France, where he served as the chairman of History of Systems of Thought until his death. Regarded as one of the great French thinkers of the twentieth century, Foucault's interest was in the human sciences, areas such as psychiatry, language, literature, and intellectual history. He made significant contributions not just to the fields themselves, but to the way these areas are studied, and is particularly known for his work on the development of twentieth-century attitudes toward knowledge, sexuality, illness, and madness. Foucault's initial study of these subjects used an archaeological method, which involved sifting through seemingly unrelated scholarly minutia of a certain time period in order to reconstruct, analyze, and classify the age according to the types of knowledge that were possible during that time. This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, for which Foucault received a medal from France's Center of Scientific Research in 1961, The Birth of the Clinic, The Order of Things, and The Archaeology of Knowledge. Foucault also wrote Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Prison, a study of the ways that society's views of crime and punishment have developed, and The History of Sexuality, which was intended to be a six-volume series. Before he could begin the final two volumes, however, Foucault died of a neurological disorder in 1984.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Philosophy and the Problems of Work
Modern Society, Technology, and "Work"
The Human Condition
Eros and Civilization
Discipline and Punish
"Work, Play, and Technology"
"Towards a Theory of Work"
Meaningful Work and Exploitation
Anarchy, State, and Utopia
Against Capitalism
"Exploitation"
"Racial Inequality and Capitalist Exploitation"
Justice and Equality
A Theory of Justice
"Is Work Special? Justice and the Distribution of Employment"
Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality
"Sex and Work"
"Disability and the Right to Work"
The Welfare State and Democratic Rights
"Workfare and the Imposition of Discipline"
"Is There (or Should There Be) a Right to Work?"
"Basic Income Capitalism"
"Fairness to Idleness: Is There a Right Not to Work?"
After Capitalism?
"The Morality and Efficiency of Market Socialism"
"What's Labor Got to Do with It? Capitalism and the Counterproject"
Index
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