Meaningful Work

Mike W. Martin

in From Morality to Mental Health

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780195304718
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786572 | DOI:

Series: Practical and Professional Ethics

 Meaningful Work

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The promise of the global economy is matched by its perils to meaningful work: increased layoffs, extended unemployment, job stress from longer working hours and demands for increased productivity, and preoccupation with money in every area of life. An integrated, moral-therapeutic perspective cannot remove these threats, but it can help us cope with them. This chapter illustrates some therapeutic contributions in dealing with moral matters concerning stress and alienation. It begins with Herman Melville's short story, “Bartleby.” It then turns to positive conceptions of mental health in thinking about meaningful work — work that combines ethics with excellence.

Keywords: alienation; stress; coping; meaning; identity; morality; therapy

Chapter.  3298 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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