Leisure, the basis of culture

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Liberty Fund, Jan 1, 1999 - Law - 158 pages
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In this elegantly written (and produced) work, Josef Pieper introduces the reader to an understanding that leisure is nothing less than "an attitude of mind and a condition of the soul that fosters a capacity to perceive the reality of the world." Beginning with the Greeks, and through a series of philosophic, religious, and historical examples, Pieper demonstrates that "Leisure has been, and always will be, the first foundation of any culture." Of the frenetic contemporary clamor for things, entertainment, and distraction, Pieper observes, "in our bourgeois Western world total labor has vanquished 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 cultureand ourselves." For, to Pieper, slavery is a state of mind and soul into which entire peoples descend when mental, moral, spiritual, and political independence is corrupted by a preoccupation with material well-being. Long unavailable, this reprint of the original edition of 1952 includes a renowned introduction by T. S. Eliot. Josef Pieper(19041997) was an influential German Catholic philosopher, scholar, and author.

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I began my personal philosophical outlook obsessed with efficiency. I felt we owed it to God as stewards of his creation to make maximal use out of the increases in entropy we cause His universe. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Molly Dunbar - Goodreads

Still something I feel I should go back and reread with great regularity. Of course, introduced to me by Dean Gould, I have loved it desperately since. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Josef Pieper is one of the most renowned and popular philosophers of the 20th century. He wrote dozens of titles on all aspects of philosophy and living, including Only the Lover Sings, Guide to Thomas Aquinas, Hope and History, In Defense of Philosophy, and In Search of the Sacred.

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888 in St. Louis, MissouriThomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, and became a British subject in 1927. The acclaimed poet o, and became a British subject in 1927. The acclaimed poet of The Waste Land, Four Quartets, and Old Possum's Book of Prf The Waste Land, Four Quartets, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, among numerous other poems, prose, and works oactical Cats, among numerous other poems, prose, and works of drama, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. T.S. Elf drama, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. T.S. Eliot died in 1965 in London, England, and is buried in Westmiiot died in 1965 in London, England, and is buried in Westminster Abbey. nster Abbey.

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