This book is concerned with how we should think and act in our work, leisure activities, and time utilization in order to achieve flourishing lives. The scope papers range from general theoretical considerations of the value, e.g. 'What is a balanced life?', to specific types of considerations, e.g. 'How should we cope with the effects of work on moral decision-making?'
It is a platitude that most people, as they say, 'work to live' rather than 'live to work.' And in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, work weeks have expanded and the divide between work time and personal time has significantly blurred due to innovations in such things as electronic communications. Concerns over the value of work in our lives, as well as with the balance or use of time between work and leisure, confront most people in contemporary society. Discussions over the values of time, leisure, and work are directly related to the time-honored question of what makes a life good. And this question is of particular interest to philosophers, especially ethicists. In this volume, leading scholars address a range of value considerations related to peoples' thoughts and practices around time utilization, leisure, and work with masterful insight. In addressing various practical issues, these scholars demonstrate the timeless relevance and practical import of Philosophy to human lived experience.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Part 2 Part I. Theoretical Considerations of Time, Balance, Work, and Leisure
Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Balancing Work and Leisure
Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Phenomenological Reflections on Work and Leisure in America
Chapter 5 Chapter 3. The Question of Philosophical Leisure: A Philosophy of Communication
Part 6 Part II. Theory Meets Practice in the World of Work and Leisure
Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Yes We Can Live Reasonably Well and Decently in an Imperfect World (Or How Work and Leisure Contribute to a Flourishing Life)
Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Corporate Culture and Quality of Life: The Virtues of Industry and the Rewards of Leisure
Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Worthwhile Living in
Part 10 Part III. Reflective Practices
Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Wisdom and Work
Chapter 12 Chapter 8. The Effects of Work on Moral Decision-Making
Chapter 13 Chapter 9. The Value of Slow