Essays on Work and Culture

Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846 - 1916)

The author investigates the world of work against a backdrop of culture. Each of the 25 essays focuses on one aspect of the topic. For example, the first essay, "Tool or Man?" looks at two views of man. One is that of strength as the provider of security. The other is that of aesthete, as an enthusiast of the arts or academics or religion. In our culture, provider of security is the winner every time. Man as a source of multiple talents cannot be allowed. As the author frames the argument, "Specialisation has been carried so far that it has become an organised tyranny." The author promotes the idea of a world in which we view the total man, not just the provider of security. In succeeding essays the author deals with growth from youth to maturity, the role of education, and man's search for freedom. - Summary by Bill Boerst

Genre(s): Essays & Short Works, Social Science (Culture & Anthropology)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapters 1 and 2 Greg Giordano
Play 02 Chapters 3 and 4 Anusha Iyer
Play 03 Chapters 5 and 6 Anusha Iyer
Play 04 Chapters 7 and 8 Greg Giordano
Play 05 Chapters 9 and 10 Greg Giordano
Play 06 Chapters 11 and 12 Greg Giordano
Play 07 Chapters 13 and 14 Ranjith
Play 08 Chapters 15 and 16 Steve C
Play 09 Chapters 17 and 18 Greg Giordano
Play 10 Chapters 19 and 20 Steve C
Play 11 Chapters 21 and 22 Ranjith
Play 12 Chapters 23 thru 25 Ranjith