Annotazioni sul senso antropologico del lavoro

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Notes on the anthropological meaning of work

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The purpose of the essay is to analyze work as a possible sphere of ethically perfecting relationships. Besides mentioning some misconceptions about work, the essay considers the two main anthropologies that can influence the conception of work: a unitary anthropology, or a dualist anthropology and the degenerations of the latter on work. Then it focuses on the link between work and love (so the professional sphere is not necessarily dominated only by competition). The consequence is that work, while it cannot be blissful (as Marx mistakenly believed for communist society), can be done pleasantly or at least less exhaustingly. Then it highlights the anthropological specificity of work and elucidates its multifaceted purpose: improving oneself as a person, taking care of others and the world in general, transforming it positively, contributing both to one's own good and to that of one's loved ones, as well as to the common good.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Notes on the anthropological meaning of work
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationEthos, logos e pathos. Percorsi di etica. Studi in onore di Paola Ricci Sindoni
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • amore
  • ethics
  • etica
  • lavoro
  • love
  • work


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