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ilovejapan

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The following is a part of the presentation given by barry schwartz at TED.

And in general, I think we think that material rewards are a pretty bad reason for doing the work that we do. When we say of somebody that he's "in it for the money," we are not just being descriptive.

What does it mean "descriptive" in this context?

Source:
Ted Talk: The way we think about work is broken. Barry Schwartz
https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_sch...k_about_work_is_broken/transcript?language=en

Edited to link to transcription. Cagey, moderator.
 
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  • Loob

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    English UK
    We are not just being descriptive. = We are not just describing./We are not just giving a description.

    The idea is "we're not simply stating a fact; we're being critical".
     
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