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The ‘Tool-Making Animal’

1. a) Work is human activity with the goal of producing what is necessary or useful for the existence of the individual and his or her kin. For this purpose, the working individual must enter into a conscious process of confrontation with nature, and thus, always alter natural circumstances. The simplest example to use for an explanation of this state of affairs is t…

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Kehrer, Günter, “Work”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 12 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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