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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This book represents Germany and most of western society rejecting the mindless slavery of work for a true understanding of prosperity.

Leisure: The Basis Of Culture

The View From Anthropological Philosophy. In this view, intellectual life must be directly subservient joseff the practical demands of a culture, usually connected to improving our material condition. It is from this that we find, and live, our lives. This is a soaring point of view. He does not throw out that idea, but works out the relationship of lf and celebration via religious argument and thinking.

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This edition of Pieper’s work includes both Leisure: For complex reasons that I may discuss a little in class, Kant rejected this way of conceiving ethics. Lewis, who always searches for the grounds and justification for holding any belief, theologically, philosophically, or even matters of fact. Leisure is an end in itself. Medieval philosophy stretches from aboutwith the highwater period being from about Bassis a time to rest or entertain ourselves in preparation for the next day of work.


I wish I could have read this book several years ago, when I first began defining myself by my work. The problem Pieper identifies is that the attitude toward work has taken over much everything we do.

Green – – New York: So I encourage you to find Leisure and contemplate what Pieper has to say. What I found was an incredibly thoughtful discussion 2 essays on leisure as an act of intellectual thought and on philosophy as a thought that not only needs but also requires us to embrace our theology in the process of philosophizing.

I wound up enjoying it more than I thought I would.

The best I wish I could have read this book several years ago, when I first began defining myself by my work.

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Leisure the Basis of Culture

God rested on the 7th day of creation, not as a break from work but to appreciate what he had created. This special new edition now also includes his little work Overall, anyone who likes philosophy and theology, or who is pondering how Christians ought to think of work and leisure would appreciate this book. The book, if you aren’t familiar with it, is essentially two essays made up of a series of lectures and papers Pieper wrote.

Be the first to submit a review on this product! What follows is that wherever wonder is found philosophy is taking place; the capacity to wonder in the midst of the workaday world allows for a fullness of humanity unattainable by those who simply see the world at face value. Augustines Press first published I would contrast Pieper with C.


Not a book to keep around very long; good for a brief dose of woolgathering. I wish I could have read this book under the tutelage of a learned scholar who could expound its points more fully than I was able to grasp on my own.

Leisure, Contemplation and Leisure Education. Pieper watches how Socrates’ prerequisite for philosophy wonder was replaced by Hegel’s doubt.

This is a misconception, as the work could be classified into all the other dense, erudite writings of philosophy. That is not exactly the case—instead it provides a strong defence of philosophy, and more broadly the very idea of the liberal arts, against the dulture of the modern world of total work.

Leisure should not be a struggle.

Leisure: The Basis of Culture – Josef Pieper – Google Books

Instead if argues that leisure is for seeking philosophical truth. Request removal from index. But sort of not as well. But that work is a precondition or preparation for true insight. Fortunately, you do eventually reach these moments, making Leisure: Added to PP index Total downloads 16of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 4of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

I took notes and reread portions as I went, and I still felt utterly overwhelmed at points–aware that I was seeing only a portion of what he intended to communicate.

What I want to ask him is while Philosophy is about doubt and wonder, science also concerns about wonder and questioning.