Amore e giustizia nel lavoro: una riflessione a partire da Aristotele

Giorgio Faro

Sommario: 1. Premessa: il rapporto tra l’etica e i vari tipi di attività umane. 2. Aristotele commenta una frase di Cristo. 3. Altri paralleli tra amore e lavoro. 4. Perché il lavoro implica anche la dimensione etica e non solo quella tecnica. 5. Contemplazione e prassi: un rapporto non conflittuale ma biunivoco in Aristotele. 6. Conclusioni.

Abstract: When ethics is applied to work, it is often reduced to justice as an impersonal system of mutable rules, devoid of objectivity, functional only in the setting of work contracts or the market, valid as long as nothing better is discovered. Rather, justice is a human virtue that an occupation demands as a primary goal, beyond suitable rules, to then open up to a higher dimension of love, generosity and beauty. The present essay draws on a paragraph of the Nicomachean Ethics wherein Aristotle uses an inspiring analogy between love and work. In the introduction, the author also proposes an alternative outlook for the consideration of x and ethics in regard to the original Aristotelian perspective.

Keywords: Aristotle, ethics, justice, political philosophy, virtue, work.