Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Abstract

Hannah Arendt distinguishes between labor (life-sustaining activity), work (creative activity) and action (activity directed toward maintaining human relationships). This paper extends Arendt’s framework to three corresponding forms of inactivity: incorporating leisure, play and rest into a balanced, sixfold framework provides a robust, philosophical theology of work as divine-human cooperation. The philosopher’s life of leisure suggests a synthesis of Adam Smith’s and Karl Marx’s contrasting views on labor. An overview of biblical perspectives highlights a similarly paradoxical role for play in “the work” of divine creativity. Finally, an attitude of religious “rest” empowers us to transcend alienating tendencies in employer-employee relationships.

Publication Year

2009

Journal Title

Philosophia Christi

Volume number

11

Issue number

2

Publisher

Evangelical Philosophical Society

First Page (page number)

397

Last Page (page number)

419

Referreed

1

ISBN (print)

1529-1634

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://www.epsociety.org/philchristi/tocs/pc_toc_11-2.pdf

Keywords

Hannah Arendt, philosophy of work, labor, leisure, play, rest

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