Leisure: The Basis of Culture

by Josef Pieper

Other authorsJames V. Schall (Foreword)
Paperback, 2009

Publication

Ignatius Press (2009), 145 pages

Description

One of the most important philosophy titles published in the twentieth century, Joseph Pieper's Leisure, the Basis of Culture is more significant, even more crucial than it was when it first appeared fifty years ago. Pieper shows that Greeks understood and valued leisure, as did the medieval Europeans. He points out that religion can be born only in leisure. 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. 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 cultureCand ourselves. These astonishing essays contradict all our pragmatic and puritanical conceptions about labor and leisure; Joseph Pieper demolishes the twentieth-century cult of Awork as he predicts its destructive consequences.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1948

Physical description

145 p.; 5.4 inches

ISBN

1586172565 / 9781586172565

Other editions

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