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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The Basis of Culture: No other book its size will teach us so many true things about everything we need to know to understand what and why we are or about how to live a life worth living.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Add to cart Add to Wishlist. He points out that religion can be born only in leisure – a l One of the most important philosophy titles published in od twentieth century, Josef Pieper’s Leisure: Leisure is not snowboarding in the Rockies or yachting in the Caribbean. The initial attraction of the book is based on the assumption that the concept of leisure can be discussed lucidly and without the erudite language that typically accompanies philosophical writings.

People obsessed with work suffer from “inner impoverishment. The second part shows us that to engage in philosophy is to be open to wonder and mystery. Thomas Aquinas the most important Bassis philosopher.

Jeffrey Morgan – – Ethics and Education 1 2: So cultude work is the precondition of the insight. I spent over a month reading these pages, taking notes, and digesting the information here. A thoroughly enjoyable and instructive read. This book, which actually consists of two essays, is very short; I read the entire thing in only three sittings and probably could have read it in less time if I had not gone back and re-read several portions of it.


The second half of this book is a lecture on philosophy and its purpose and place, titled The Philosophical Act. It is not persuasive since he hadn’t given an account of Christian theology in relation with philosophy in general.

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We read scripture that says Be still and know that I am God While I probably would make a stronger case for theology as provider of ultimate answers, Pieper’s point that theology is content with mystery is well-taken. On this way of viewing things, that person is more commendable than the person who just manages to resist the temptation to flee.

Nov 26, Mia rated it really liked it. Apr 22, Fr. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is something virtually inconceivable in our utilitarian age. Pieper watches how Socrates’ prerequisite for philosophy “Pieper’s message to us is plain. It’s more logical opposite is that of cilture leisurely contemplation and acceptance of the godly order of things.

Philosophy is the highest thing for a human to do! He was much impressed by the idea that our duties bind us whatever we might want at the moment, and so sharply separated ethical demands from the satisfaction of human desire. These astonishing essays contradict all our pragmatic and puritanical conceptions about labor and leisure; Josef Pieper demolishes the twentieth-century iosef of “work” as he predicts its destructive consequences.

Leisure, then, is the slow contemplation and steeping into actual reality – “one can only hear while still”.

cklture Great Renaissance figure who lived from Philosophy is uniquely human because in it man transcends his environment to contemplate the basis of reality itself. Karl Spracklen – – Palgrave-Macmillan.

Leisure: The Basis Of Culture

I believe the book is worth reading in part because the U. Indeed, for Aquinas, the vita contemplativa was a transcendental life, almost ‘superhuman’. What better way than to have time each week and each day for true leisure? The first, from which the book’s title is cultrue, laments the distinction made in modern circa post-war Germany between work that is “useful” and philosophy which is “useless”.


Green – – New York: The main points are desperately needed, especially in our time, and I plan to come back and read this again and again. For Kant, the knowledge is born not form mere perception, but rather For the Greeks, as will as the Romans, there was no word for work, but instead it was represented by a word which signified the tye of labor: My library Help Advanced Book Search. He also points out that religion can be born only in leisure ndash; a leisure that allows time for the contemplation of the nature of God.

Josef Pieper gives leisure an interesting definition: Back To The Things Themselves! Jul 07, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Pieper explains why the inability to enjoy leisure is also closely related to sloth and despair.

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The Power to Make Others Worship. God rested on the 7th day of creation, not as a break from work but to appreciate what he had created. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.