I have found that Josef Pieper‟s essay Leisure the Basis of Culture to be a Pieper argues that the key to the moral and spiritual crisis of modern society is the. “One of the most important philosophy titles published in the twentieth century, Josef Pieper’s Leisure, the Basis of Culture is more significant, even more crucial, . Annotations for Pieper, Chapter 2 WCC H2 David M. DiQuattro September 5, Chapter 2 (pgs. ) p. Intellectual worker: Pieper uses this term to.

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Moreover, leisure is time and activity to make us more human, not to rejuvenate us so that we can work again. Pieper shows that the Greeks understood and valued leisure, as did the medieval Europeans.

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Here, it takes him 20 pages to say what St. But the insight is something qualitatively different than the thinking you had done to that point. Jul 07, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved that he set up the book with thoroughly defining leisure from the Greek word for leisure which in Latin is “schola” It’s a question worth asking.

Science Logic and Mathematics. How exactly does this differ from leisure, however? Jun 15, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: Karl Spracklen – – Palgrave-Macmillan. Once the argument begins in earnest approximately halfway through it’s thoughtful enough. Germany had worked itself–and most of Europe, as well as a good portion of the rest of the globe–to death under a tyrannical regime.

The best philosophical truths may literally be a gift from God when we make ourselves present to Him. The Basis of Culture” is worth reading for its rich insights. Achilles, emblematic of the aristocratic as opposed to the democratic or proletarian, denies the totalitarian claim of the world of work which is also the claim of Agamemnon. This book is actually 2 sets of lectures in book form.


He does not throw out that idea, but works out the relationship of leisure and celebration via religious argument and thinking. When you exercise a skill, you just sort of know what to do without engaging in a process of reasoning. Pieper makes some other cogent arguments. My guess is that Pieper would probably say they are tiny elements in the totality of leisure.

This special new edition now also includes his little work The Philosophical Act. True courage is arguably harder to develop than, say, generosity. Attention to these eternal truths and ethical standards would free one from being overly concerned with the mundane affairs of life, and with the unstable pursuits of gaining money and power, which are subject to whim and chance.

Leisure the Basis of Culture

I spent over a month reading these pages, taking notes, and digesting the information here. Well, consider that this idleness is not resolved or negated by busywork, but can just as ppieper stem from it.

Pieper’s discussion of wondering at the world is closely related to his discussion of contemplation, thus the two parts work well together. If you’ve ever wondered, then you are engaging in leisure and philosophy, and you need this book.

According to thw and medieval ethics, on the contrary, a person with a good character will not basi the desire to shirk his or her duty. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: Josef Pieper Josef Pieperperhaps the most popular Thomist philosopher of the twentieth century, was schooled in the Greek classics and the writings of St. An Affair of Flutes: The best I wish I could have read this book several years ago, when I first began defining myself by my work. Leisure the Basis of Culture.

Pieper maintains that our bourgeois world of total labor has vanquished leisure, and issues a startling warning: Under that totalitarian view, people are slaves for the wealthy.

Christian, Islamic and Jewish philosophers were all very important in this period. Request removal from index. If you’ve ever wondered why our culture feels so work-focused, you need this book.


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And I cklture need more time to ruminate these ideas and how to practically apply this need in my own life and, generally, in present-day society. He makes decent sense.

Open Preview See a Problem? Description Editorial Reviews Author Biography Customer Reviews One of the most important philosophy titles published in the twentieth century, Josef Pieper’s Leisure, the Basis of Culture is more significant, even more crucial, today than it was joosef it first appeared more than fifty years ago. It is from this that we find, and live, our lives.

The first part shows us that leisure, properly enjoyed, is not merely rest and relaxation from work; it is not a break in your work schedule. But cylture of belief in God empties out philosophy.

Leisure: The Basis Of Culture by Josef Pieper

This is something virtually inconceivable in our utilitarian age. Leisure has been, and always will be, the first foundation of any culture. Instead if argues that leisure is for seeking philosophical truth. This edition also includes his work The Philosophical Act. For many, leisure og hitting the beach, going to a sporting event or something leisude. Americans cultue mock Europeans for not having the same work ethic, but are we–I’m an American–expressing the poverty of our moral and spiritual development?

In this sense, it is not attached to the efficient means of not-working like watching Netflix, for these are not leisure but rather recharging periods within the capitalist-technological system. Help Center Find new research papers in: Other editions – View all Leisure: He pulls from Aristotle who says that leisure is the purpose of life and what makes life worth living. Nov 04, Miguel Dominguez rated it really liked it.

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