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dc.contributor.advisorBien, Joseph, 1936-eng
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Anthony E., 1979-eng
dc.date.issued2009eng
dc.date.submitted2009 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Feb 16, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. Joseph Bien.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionPh. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009.eng
dc.description.abstractThe division of labor is a pervasive and long-standing feature of human life. Yet there is little consensus--either in philosophy or in other disciplines--regarding its status. Using a contemporary evaluation provided by psychologist Fathali Moghaddam, I develop a framework for understanding and evaluating the division of labor. The key elements of the framework involve attending to the effects of labor, the nature of human capacities, and the proper relationship between the individual and society. This framework is both philosophically and practically valuable. Its philosophical value is demonstrated both by an examination of influential works in the history of philosophy (including those of Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Smith, and Marx) and by the identification of related issues worthy of further philosophical investigation. Its practical value lies in the structure that it provides to the ongoing debates about the division of labor. Settling issues regarding the effects of labor, the nature of human capacities, and the proper relationship between the individual and society will enable an effective evaluation--and, if necessary, an appropriate restructuring--of the division of labor. The division of labor is dilemmatic in that it has beneficial and burdensome aspects. Going forward, a new account of human nature is needed if there is to be an adequate understanding of the division of labor in all of its complexity.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentv, 201 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc519707622eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/6178
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/6178eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshDivision of laboreng
dc.titleAttending to our work : a framework for understanding and evaluating the division of laboreng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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