David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Axiomathes 14 (1-3):219-235 (2004)
This essay offers a process-ontological account of work, addressing two challenges in particular. First, I try to show that even though the phenomenon of work is extremely diverse, all occurrences to which the word work correctly applies — according to the current semantic intuitions of the relevant linguistic community — share the feature of being: the creation of something of value. Second, guided by this initial conceptual delineation of the phenomenon, I argue that traditional ontology would face fundamental difficulties in giving an ontological analysis of work, which can be surmounted in a Whiteheadian framework. I take Whitehead's analysis of an actual occasion as a model for an analysis of work that explains how toil (exertion of effort) can result in the accomplishment of a desired end. On this basis of this explanatory model the complex dynamicity that we experience in work as the creation of something of value can be accounted for in the well-defined terms of an ontological theory.
|Keywords||Philosophy Philosophy Logic Ontology Linguistics Cognitive Psychology|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
William M. Kallfelz (2009). Physical Emergence and Process Ontology. Process Studies 65 (1):42 – 60.
Jan Westerhoff (2005). Ontological Categories: Their Nature and Significance. Oxford University Press.
Hubert L. Dreyfus (1995). Interpreting Heidegger on Das Man. Inquiry 38 (4):423 – 430.
John Heil (2003). From an Ontological Point of View. Oxford University Press.
Graham Oppy (2008). Higher-Order Ontological Arguments. Philosophy Compass 3 (5):1066-1078.
Jan Westerhoff (2004). The Construction of Ontological Categories. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (4):595 – 620.
Stephen Pratten (2007). The Scope of Ontological Theorising. Foundations of Science 12 (3):235-256.
Lieven Decock (2004). Inception of Quine's Ontology. History and Philosophy of Logic 25 (2):111-129.
Alec McHoul (1998). How Can Ethnomethodology Be Heideggerian? Human Studies 21 (1):13-26.
Mohan Matthen (1978). The Categories and Aristotle's Ontology. Dialogue 17 (02):228-243.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads20 ( #98,276 of 1,679,274 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #183,420 of 1,679,274 )
How can I increase my downloads?