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PHIL 2287 The Meaning of Work and Leisure (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

We spend much of our lives working, or preparing ourselves to work. We spend much of the rest of our time pursuing leisure. But what are our goals in doing so? How important is it for our work to be meaningful? Is leisure simply the absence of work, or something more? And what role do each of these play in a fulfilling life? From Aristotle to Adam Smith, from Rousseau to Max Weber, this course will study various accounts of what work and leisure have been, and what their ideal forms might be. The course will conclude by considering the coming age of technologically automated physical and mental labor, and its impact on the future of work and leisure.


Instructor(s): Jon Burmeister

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 26-Feb-16