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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition


1. From curse to vocation: a brief history of the philosophy of work

2. Work and meaning

3. The distribution of work

4. Work and leisure

5. Being managed

6. Getting paid

7. Work in an age of affluence

8. Work and globalization

9. The end of work?

10. Life and work Further reading Bibliography Index

About the Author

Lars Svendsen is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author of A Philosophy of Boredom (2005), Fashion: a Philosophy (2006), A Philosophy of Fear (2008), A Philosophy of Evil (2010), and A Philosophy of Freedom (2014). His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages.


Praise for the first edition:

'Svendsen's unique strength is to write on a solid foundation of philosophical insight, and this is in itself a reason to buy, read and let your thoughts fly with Work.' - Poul Aaroe Petersen, Politiken, Denmark 'On merely 150 pages this book gives an accessible and entertaining introduction to some of the most fundamental questions that have been discussed regarding the subject that humans have spent the most time on in all historical periods: work.' - Ingar Kaldal, Salongen, Norway

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