Essays on Work and Culture cover

Essays on Work and Culture

Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846-1916)

1. Chapters 1 and 2
2. Chapters 3 and 4
3. Chapters 5 and 6
4. Chapters 7 and 8
5. Chapters 9 and 10
6. Chapters 11 and 12
7. Chapters 13 and 14
8. Chapters 15 and 16
9. Chapters 17 and 18
10. Chapters 19 and 20
11. Chapters 21 and 22
12. Chapters 23 thru 25

(*) Your listen progress will be continuously saved. Just bookmark and come back to this page and continue where you left off.


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.