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Vocation across the AcademyA New Vocabulary for Higher Education$
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David S. Cunningham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190607104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190607104.001.0001

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Of Doing and Being

Of Doing and Being

Broadening Our Understanding of Vocation

(p.225) 10 Of Doing and Being
Vocation across the Academy

Jerome M. Organ

Oxford University Press

Vocational reflection raises questions about the kinds of lives we will lead, but too often it is reduced to an account of what we will do (and especially what we will do as paid employment). This tendency is especially troublesome, since what we end up “doing” is often very different from our best-laid plans. Fortunately, we need not be overly anxious about this, since we will so often be given opportunities for redemption from forms of work and other activity that do not suit the rest of our lives. A number of examples from the legal profession raise the more important questions of “being”: how we will live our lives, how we will “be” in the world. The chapter concludes with the description of a life in which both sets of questions—of doing and being—played a significant role.

Keywords:   vocation, calling, career choices, way of life, redemption, legal profession, option maximization, human flourishing, life purpose

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