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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, today than it was when it first appeared fifty years ago.<P>Pieper shows that the Greeks understood and valued leisure, as did the medieval Europeans. He points out that religion can be born only in leisure — a leisure that allows time for the contemplation of the nature of God. Leisure has been, and always will be, the first foundation of any culture.<P>He maintains that our bourgeois world of total labor has vanquished leisure, and issues a startling warning: 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.<P>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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781890318352
Translator:
Malsbary, Gerald
Introduction:
Scruton, Roger
Translator:
Malsbary, Gerald
Author:
Pieper, Josef
Author:
Scruton, Roger
Publisher:
St. Augustines Press
Location:
South Bend, Ind. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
God
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Leisure
Subject:
Culture
Copyright:
Edition Number:
50
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
v. 13.
Publication Date:
19981115
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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