What is the Meaning of Work and Leisure?
Boston College: Summer Session II, 2018
Prof. Jon Burmeister
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? To answer these questions, we’ll consult: Aristotle, Seneca, Martin Luther, Max Weber, J.M. Keynes, Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, and more.
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Video with Andrew McAfee (MIT Sloan School)
About the Participants:
|Dr. Peter Marber, Finance|
|Dr. David Roochnik, Philosophy|
|Dr. Russell Muirhead, Government|
|David Quigley, Provost|
The Liberal Arts and the Future of Work & Leisure
A liberal arts education has always had the ability to transform a student, and thus to transform how they choose to organize their time in adult life: both the time they spend at work and the time they spend at leisure. Yet the factors influencing what sorts of work and what sorts of leisure are available are in a state of increasing flux. From AI-driven automation, to globalization, to infinite entertainment delivered instantly to the palm of your hand, the general conditions of work and leisure are undergoing a radical transformation.
In this shifting landscape, what role do the liberal arts have to play? In addition to a liberal education being valuable for its own sake, how can it prepare students for an economy in which whole sectors of work may rapidly shrink or disappear, e.g., through off-shoring or automation? And how can it help students develop the habit of spending their free time well, in the face of endless possibilities for distraction?
Past Conference — 2017
|Dr. Juliet Floyd, Philosophy|
|Dr. Robert Margo, Economics|
|Dr. Juliet Schor, Sociology|
|Dr. William Griffith, Computer Science|
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