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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Jun 15, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: The initial attraction of the book is based on bqsis assumption that the concept of leisure can be discussed lucidly and without the erudite language that typically accompanies philosophical writings.

These astonishing essays contradict all our pragmatic and puritanical conceptions about labor and leisure; Josef Pieper demolishes the twentieth-century cult of “work” as he predicts its destructive consequences.

Leisure: The Basis Of Culture

Naturally, Kant agreed with this, for this is aligned with his idea that knowing comes only from work – so too would moral action be a function of going against natural stasis of things. Thomas Aquinas the most important Medieval philosopher.

However, the man who is entirely focused on the here and now, who has no time for leisure does not have the space to philosophize. Pieper garrulously touches on all of these things in his elaboration on how society should view work, leisure, and celebrations in order to coincide with a theistic perspective. This kind of reasoning is different from immediate understanding or insight.


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Josef Pieper, Leisure, the Basis of Culture – PhilPapers

As such, de-proletarianization would consist bazis building up of property from wages, limiting the power of the state, and overcoming internal poverty. These two collections of essays, although not written as a single book, nonetheless read well in a single volume as they have a good deal of overlap in theme and topic.

Translated by Alexander Dru with an Introduction by T. Leisure is not snowboarding chlture the Rockies or yachting in the Caribbean. If you’ve ever wondered why our culture feels so work-focused, you need this book. The accompanying essay on philosophy is likewise profound and insightful, but somewhat hefty for the casual reader, despite Pieper’s obvious attempts to pisper and simplify his points.

If you’ve ever wondered, then you are engaging in leisure and philosophy, and you need this pueper. Thanks very much to the friend who sent this gem my way! Selected pages Title Page. This is an important book to read for anyone interested in education, philosophy, theology, or culture. To do philosophy is to realize the naturally essential inclination of the human mind toward totality. One of the more direct statements of this thesis is his quotation of Aquinas when he writes “It is necessary for the perfection of human society that there sho This edition of Pieper’s work includes both Leisure: Aug 03, Mary Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy pq.


Augustine concisely said in six words: View all 6 comments. This is something virtually inconceivable in our utilitarian age.

Dec 10, Scott rated it uosef liked it. This article lisure no associated abstract. No other book its size will teach us so many true things about everything pjeper need to know to understand what and why we are or about how to live a life worth living. This pursuit that is not beholden to interests or immediate practical gain is crucial to a culture not reducing to its worst instincts.

Other editions – View all Leisure: Joseph Ratzinger Collected Works. Published November 15th by St.

Jun 23, Theresa Kenney rated it it was amazing. The book has two essays and an introduction by T. He does not throw out that idea, but works out the relationship of leisure and celebration via religious argument and thinking.

Pieper shows that the Greeks and medieval Europeans, understood the great value and importance of leisure. Pieper maintains that our bourgeois world of total labor has vanquished leisure, and issues a startling warning: