Happiness in Professional Work Formerly and Nowadays as Perceived by Women Aged 60 or Above

Analysis of Studies in Socio-philosophical Perspective

Authored by: Agnieszka Smrokowska-Reichmann , Edyta Janus

The Routledge Companion to Happiness at Work

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367266554
eBook ISBN: 9780429294426
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This chapter describes relationships and dependencies between activities identified within professional work and the perception of happiness, in both cases from the perspective of the elderly. In empirical paradigm, the self-reflections of seniors are presented, based on recollection from their own lives and their observations of current social reality. The results of an original research project are discussed in the context of various philosophical theories. The authors refer to the Aristotelian concepts of human nature, happiness and the right proportion (“Golden Mean” rule), Viktor E. Frankl’s Logotherapy, the concepts of communicative action and colonisation of the lifeworld forwarded by Jürgen Habermas, and the philosophy of dialogue (or philosophy of meeting) advanced by Martin Buber and Józef Tischner.

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