Leisure the Basis of Culture

Leisure the Basis of Culture

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This elegantly written work 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." Pieper demonstrates that "Leisure has been, and always will be, the first foundation of any culture," and 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."

Josef Pieper (1904-1997) was an influential German Catholic philosopher, scholar, and author.


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Author(s)
Josef Pieper
Format
Hardback | 137 pages
Dimensions
125 x 200 x 16.26mm | 298g
Publication date
25 Jan 1999
Publisher
Liberty Fund Inc
Publication City/Country
Indianapolis, IN, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Revised ed.
ISBN10
0865972109
ISBN13
9780865972100
Bestsellers rank
246,771