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The Meaning of the Work and the Age of Technological Revolution

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2018, (71), pp.5-35
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.071.01
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : October 14, 2018
  • Accepted : November 5, 2018
  • Published : November 30, 2018

Kim, Jong-Gyu 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

Human work is the fundamental cultural activities in that human beings have built their own unique cultural world through the work. This public meaning of the work collapsed in the wake of the industrial revolution, after which human production activities have been restricted to those using tools. As a result, Homo faber was reduced to a tool-using man, rather than a tool-making man, and the cultural meaning of the Homo faber has become extremely narrow. In this process, the new technological revolution is understood from the two standpoints. One is that human work is no longer attributable to the private realm, and the other is the boundary of human activities has been extremely restricted. These two are not separate facts, and in this respect they are both a crisis to man and an opportunity at the same time. In order to make this an opportunity, it is necessary to pursue and criticize the meaning of human work that has been distorted since the modern era, and to examine the meaning and possibility of human work that can cope with the age of new technological revolution.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.