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Around 1850, the talk of the 'sacredness of work' becomes ubiquitous. However, the various participants in the discourse have very different understandings of it: There are theological and socialist positions, Marxist criticism of it - and proposals from the bourgeois side, how one could think the 'sacredness of work' in a further way, e.g. with the idea - finally based on Hegel - of the self-invention of man through work. The project will show that the "Bürgerliche Realismus" deals with all these positions when it sets out to describe the new world of work.

Maximilian Bergengruen