Christopher Morgan-Knapp
State University of New York at Binghamton
Since materially opulent lifestyles are a significant cause of environmental degradation, environmentalists often call for us to live more simply. This call is typically focused on consumption. But our environmental footprint is a function of our paid work as well as our purchases. Consequently, environmentalists should also urge us to work less. Defending this claim is the project of this paper. Reducing our economic productivity, I argue, can often be expected to make both the world and our characters better. And, contrary to what some have suggested, working less than is normal needn’t involve unfairly free-riding on the productive efforts of others.
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