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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Leisure by Josef Pieper. One of the most important philosophy titles published in the twentieth century, Josef Pieper’s Leisure: Pieper shows that the Greeks understood and valued leisure, as did the medieval Europeans.

Leisure: The Basis Of Culture by Josef Pieper

He points out that religion can be born only in leisure – a l One of the most important philosophy titles published in the twentieth century, Josef Pieper’s Leisure: 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. 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.

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.

Paperbackpages. Published November 15th by St. Augustines Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Leisureplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 18, Elie F rated it really liked it Shelves: To do philosophy is to realize the naturally essential inclination of the human mind toward totality.

I often wonder why is Achilles always resting in The Iliad; at one point it almost feels like he is angry not with Agamemnon taking the slave girl but with Agamemnon denying his right to leisure.

Josef Pieper gives leisure an interesting definition: This definition does fit into what I understand as essentially Achilles: Achilles, emblematic of the aristocratic as opposed to the democratic or proletarian, denies the totalitarian claim of the world of work which is also the claim of Agamemnon.

Of course, Pieper’s world not to mention today’s world differs from Homer’s. There are Plato, Jesus, Kant, Marx in between, and Pieper analyzes their impacts on the conception of leisure and work.

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This book is mostly a critique of what the totalitarian jksef of work is doing to philosophy. Pieper argues that philosophers or maybe everyone of us humans should not see themselves as workers or social functionaries. View all 3 comments. Apr 22, Fr. The definitive analysis, and rebuke, of our society’s obsession with productivity.

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Pieper explains why the inability to enjoy leisure is also closely related to sloth and despair. Pieper shows the perverse effects of thinking that something baasis better simply because it is harder, a The definitive analysis, and rebuke, of our society’s obsession with productivity. Pieper shows the perverse effects of thinking that something is better simply because it is harder, and offers a corrective that will prove salubrious to most anyone living in the 21st century.

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Nov 26, Mia rated it really liked it. The American democracy is not blissfully immune to the Western blight; we have in fact done our part in generating the totalitarian epidemic. The idolatry of the machine, the worship of mindless know-how, the infantile cult of bsis and the common man–all this points piepef our peculiar leadership in the drift toward the slave society.

Pieper watches how Socrates’ prerequisite for philosophy “Pieper’s message to us is plain. Pieper watches how Socrates’ prerequisite for philosophy wonder was replaced by Hegel’s doubt.

Leisure, as he imagines it, is not idleness, but glad and cuoture astonishment. 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. It is, at the same time, one of the best books I have ever read and one of the greatest defenses of and introductions to philosophizing that I have yet come across.

Pieper offers a wealth of insight into the subjects he takes up, focusing especially on the necessity of authentic cultkre This book, which actually consists of two essays, is very short; I read the entire thing in only three sittings and probably could cultture read it in less time if I had not gone back and re-read several portions of it. Pieper offers a wealth of insight into the subjects he takes up, focusing especially on the necessity of authentic leisure and the possibility and nature of Christian philosophizing.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in philosophy and in living an authentically human life. Thanks very much to the friend who sent this gem my way!

This book is actually two monographs. The first, from which the book’s title is taken, laments the distinction made in modern circa post-war Germany between work that is “useful” and philosophy which is “useless”.

Pieper argues that the distinction is false: Leisure is not snowboarding in the Rockies or yachting in the Caribbean. It is taking the time to contemplate Things As They Are. So what is philosop This book is actually two monographs. So what is philosophizing? Stepping out beyond the workaday world to contemplate “wonder”. Pieper also asserts that eliminating religion cuts out the basis of culture or philosophizing.

But lack of belief in God empties out philosophy. It is important to understand that Pieper stands in part in the tradition of the Romantic German Idealists.

Much of his argumentation is intuitive, and his discussion of “spirit” reminds me of Hegel. I find myself agreeing with many, if not most, of his definitions and assertions, but I find any grounds for such beliefs to be left as an exercise for the reader, or perhaps he considers these assertions to be self-evident from within. I would contrast Pieper with C. Lewis, who always searches for the grounds and justification for holding any belief, theologically, philosophically, or bais matters of fact.

What an astounding little book, my first introduction to Josef Pieper, other than him being footnoted in other books I’ve read. The book, if you aren’t familiar with it, is essentially two essays made up of a series of jjosef and papers Pieper wrote. The two were written near to one another in time, so their themes play right into one another. This is an important book to read What an astounding little book, my first leisre to Josef Pieper, other than him being footnoted in rhe books I’ve read.

This is an important book to read for anyone interested in education, philosophy, theology, or culture. It really cannot be said any better than the quotations on cultkre back of the book: 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.

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It should be read by anyone–and young people in particular–anxious to come to some conclusions about the nature of society. If you’ve ever wondered why our culture feels so work-focused, you need this book. If you’ve ever wondered why the idea that knowledge begins with doubt just sounds wrong, you need this book.

If you’ve ever wondered, then you are engaging in leisure and philosophy, and you pf this book. View all 6 comments. Jun 13, Vincent rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

This is a misconception, as the work cou dense, loquacious, pragmatic The Good: This is a misconception, as the work could be classified into all the other dense, erudite writings of philosophy. It’s a philosophical work that is especially relevant for our day and age where a society divorced from God has enslaved us to insidious notions such as work for work’s sake.

This is because our current society views us as mere commodities, valued exclusively through what we can put out in our work. But a Christian society views a person’s value as so much more than that. Pieper garrulously touches on all of these things in his elaboration on how society pipeer view work, leisure, and celebrations in order to coincide with a theistic perspective. One of the most important concepts touched upon in the book is the act of philosophizing itself.

It is a thesis which comprehends the assertion of the theoretical character of tbe and its freedom; it does not, of course, in any way deny or ignore the world of work, but it does affirm that a real philosophy is grounded in culutre, that man’s real wealth consists, not in satisfying his needs, not in becoming ‘the master and owner of nature’, but in seeing what is and the whole of what is, in seeing things not as useful or useless, serviceable or not, but simply as being. The basis of this conception of philosophy is the conviction that the greatness of man consists in his being capax universi.

Philosophy pierces through the dreary existence totally dominated by work in that it tells us that there is more to life than work; that there are actually truths in the world, and a God.

It helps us break free of our purely proletariat purpose and lifestyle where our total value, meaning, and existence are based on labor, or as Pieper calls it “the workaday world.

Here, it takes him 20 pages to say what St. Augustine concisely said in six words: Fortunately, you do eventually reach these moments, making Leisure: The Basis of Culture a rewarding experience. The background of “Leisure: The Basis on Culture” is almost as interesting as the book itself. Germany had worked itself–and most of Europe, as well as a good portion of the rest of the globe–to death under a tyrannical regime.

This book represents Germany and most of western society rejecting the mindless slavery of work for a true understanding of prosperity. Pieper’s strongest insight is that leisure is an a The josfe of “Leisure: