Analysis Of ' A Life Beyond ' Do What You Love '

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Many people place what they love doing as their top priority when considering future career options. However, Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College and editor of The Quotable Kierkegaard, believes that this should not be the case. He wrote on the subject in his article titled “A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’”, which was published in The New York Times on May 17, 2014. His purpose in writing this article is to offer a different view of a commonly held belief. Mr. Marino argues that the statement “do what you love” is an elitist aspect of our culture that degrades the inherent value of work and severs connections between work, talent, and duty. He supports his argument through his anecdotes denoting his personal experience, continuous appeals to authority, his use of deductive reasoning, and through procatalepsis.
Marino uses anecdotes detailing his personal experience about choosing love several times in his article to support his argument. He opens his article with an anecdote that establishes his authority as a person who advises students on career options and then clarifies that he is, in fact, an occupational counselor. He recounts a humorous event in which a student was wondering what to do with his life after graduation. The student was stuck between becoming a doctor or a philosophy professor, the student also confessed to thinking about giving stand-up comedy a try (Marino 1, para.1). This first anecdote ensures the reader that Marino is…
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