Leisure, the Basis of Culture
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 culture—and 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 (1904–1997) was an influential German Catholic philosopher, scholar, and author.
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Review: Leisure: The Basis Of CultureUser Review - Marc Hays - Goodreads
Thankful for a sick day so that I was able to read this book cover to cover nonstop. If you wonder what this book is about, one way to put it is that it is about the entire cosmos and our place in it ... Read full review
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