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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Pieper maintains that our bourgeois world of total labor has vanquished leisure, and issues a startling warning: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Much I appreciated in this book. The insight is not a piece of discursive knoweldge, so there is no formula for thinking hard enough to achieve it.

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The Basis of Culture. Nov 26, Mia rated it really liked it.

What he says is largely counter-culture, and has me thinking of all sorts of ways “work,” which dominates American value sets especially, is soul-sucking and counter-productive to reaching our full potential. By remaining hopefully open to wonder, like little children who aren’t satisfied with simple answers but want to enter into the mystery of Creation. It is less a “smackdown” of the modern approach to philosophy and more of a friendly entreaty to consider the alternative.

Leisure the Basis of Culture

Trubetzkoy, Nishida Kitar, and Watsuji Tetsur. He points out that “Leisure is a form of that stillness that is the necessary preparation for accepting reality; only the person who is still can hear Jun 23, Theresa Kenney rated it it was amazing. It seems to come as a kind of divine insight. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. It is hard to rate this book because the lessons seem quite simple and yet are very profound.


The definitive analysis, and rebuke, of our society’s obsession with productivity.

In addition, because philosophy is inextricably related kosef wonder, it can never provide ultimate answers. Jun 18, Elie F rated it really liked it Shelves: Mcintyre – – Journal of Philosophy of Education 46 4: Dumazedier – – Diogenes 11 That’s another point worth reflecting on in the light of contemporary society.

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Human ability to graps fundamental and eternal truths puts us in touch with a reality that transcends the finite changing world. 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. My biggest criticism is Pieper’s view of work. Kant and Kantian epistemology: Pieper shows that the Greeks and medieval Europeans, understood the great value and importance of leisure.

Unless we regain the art of silence and insight, the ability for nonactivity, unless we substitute true leisure for our hectic amusements, we will destroy our culture – and ourselves. One of the most important concepts touched upon in the book is the act of philosophizing itself.

He points out that religion can be born only in leisure – a l One of the most important philosophy titles published in the twentieth century, Josef Pieper’s Leisure: I spent over a I have never seen so much dense information packed in pages! Pieper shows the perverse effects of thinking that something is better simply because it is harder, and offers a corrective that will prove salubrious to most anyone living in the 21st century.


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Nevertheless, I am quite certain that it is the sort of book that seeps down into one’s mind and soul, showing its influence in ways quite unexpected. Pieper’s argument probably needs to be made more strongly now than he made it seventy years ago: What I found was an incredibly thoughtful discussion 2 essays on leisure as an act of intellectual thought ths on philosophy as a thought that not only needs but also requires us to embrace our theology in the process of philosophizing.

I recommend this poeper to anyone interested in philosophy and in living an authentically human life. Phenomenology and Sports Psychology: To top it all of, the book is full of great citations and the prose is beautiful. Jun 13, Vincent rated it liked it Shelves: Plato emphasized the basus of unchanging abstract truths.

DiQuattro September 5, Chapter 2 pgs. Added to PP index Total downloads 16of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 4of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Leisure is an end in itself.

A wonderful little book. Augustine concisely said in six words: Revisiting this work which I had not read since my undergraduate days was such a pleasure that it became the base of an article I wrote for the Intercollegiate Review, which will double as a worthy review for it: According to ancient and medieval ethics, on the contrary, a person with a good character will not have the desire to shirk his or her duty.

To josf busy ourselves is to cheapen our humanity. Hartland-Swann – – Philosophy 28

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