Abstract

This paper relates Arendt's critique of a labor society to her thoughts on the "good life." I begin with the claim that in the post–mass production era, Western societies, traditionally centered around gainful employment, encounter a decrease in the relevance of labor and can thus no longer rely on it as a resource for individual or social meaning. From Arendt's perspective, however, the current situation allows for the possibility of a transition from a society based on labor to a society centered around activities. I explore Arendt's different types of activities—labor, work, action—with respect to the question of justice between the genders.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 135-154
Launched on MUSE
2005-05-11
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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