Kantian Approach Analysis

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Introduction In his article, “Meaningful work: Kantian approach”, Bowie accepts Kant’s notion that meaningful work is not an absolute requirement but rather an affective way in honouring a Kantian morality. Based on this assumption, the purpose of this paper is to establish and evaluate the Kantian’s criteria to meaningful work with reference to South African context. This paper is going to begin with a critical discussion of Kantian’s principle to making work meaningful. From there on, it is going to incorporate the implication of his principle in the South African Context. In developing his moral theory, Kant has had his own perspective on what makes work meaningful or the essence of having to work. He outlines certain criteria that make…show more content…
In their article Porter & Lawler, embrace the notion intrinsic and extrinsic instrument to self-worth“effective performance would lead to both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards, which would in turn produce total job satisfaction” (Porter and Lawler 1968, p.3). In the context of the workplace there are other instrument to self-worth other than wages that enables the employee to recognize his self-worth. For example, employees often feels recognized when they are appreciated in the workplace like being motivated by managers, promoted and being part of the team. Furthermore incentives in the form of wages often lack value in situations where other issues like discrimination in a workplace exist. In situation where employees feel unappreciated and discriminated, the monetary value of doing that job becomes meaningless and…show more content…
In his article “Against autonomy: Justifying coercive paternalism” Conly also indicate that “exercising of autonomy while performing our daily activities at times leads to undesirable consequences and, thereby, proves itself to be unhealthy for our individual good” ( Conly 2013, p.1). For example, employees often do not perform well in situations where they are not monitored. Thus autonomy becomes a tool to meaningful work that is subject to abuse by employees. In conclusion, the Kantian moral theory to meaningful work is lacking with some aspects of it often infringing each other. Thus this moral theory is a bit difficult to implement in South Africa with its diversity and history. I propose that the theory is to be revised to incorporate other aspects that are relevant in the post- South African
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