Editorial reviews review pieper has subjects involved in everyone's life he has theses that are so counter to prevailing trends as to be sensational and he has a style that is memorably clear this seemed like an academic essay to me while a difficult read i found the essay to provide a framework for evaluating how i use my leisure time. 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 the first essay should be read by anyone-and young people in particular-anxious to come to some conclusions about the nature of society. If we don't get leisure right we will not get work right behind these words of leisure and work is the relationship between the contemplative and active life, which describes what we receive and what we give i have found that josef pieper‟s essay leisure the basis of culture to be a profound analysis of these relationships. Josef pieper is best known in this country for his work, leisure as the basis of culture, and its companion essay, the philosophical act, published as one book in 1952 in this book, pieper's argument is seemingly straight-forward: culture depends upon leisure, and leisure, in its turn, depends upon the cult. Some years later, in another essay entitled “the condition of philosophy today,” he offers a third side, the view according to which philosophy should finally, as josef pieper asks, “can a full human existence be contained within an exclusively workaday existence” (leisure: the basis of culture 23) i.
Yutang's classic work on leisure has been reprinted in paperback by quill josef pieper, leisure, the basis of culture (indianapolis: liberty fund, 1999 ), pp 28, 44–45 see my essay “easy living: my two years in the bahamas,” originally published in liberty magazine, december 1987. Ing, or otherwise, without the prior permission of st augustine's press manufactured in the united states of america library of congress cataloging in publication data pieper, josef, 1904 - 1997 [musse und kult english] leisure, the basis of culture / josef pieper: introduction by roger scruton new translation by gerlad. Buy leisure: the basis of culture by josef pieper, james schall (isbn: 8601400751022) from amazon's book store everyday low prices and free this seemed like an academic essay to me while a difficult read i found the essay to provide a framework for evaluating how i use my leisure time i now think much more.
Josef pieper famously argues that leisure is the basis of culture if it is to be the basis of culture, it must first be the basis of home life but how should we conceive of home life we can divide the major kinds of activities in human life into three: work, play, and leisure, for leisure too is fundamentally. The book, if you aren't familiar with it, is essentially two essays made up of a series of lectures and papers pieper wrote the first, leisure: the basis of culture and the second, the philosophical act are both excellent and worthy reads the two were written near to one another in time, so their themes play right into one. 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 more than fifty years ago this edition also includes his work the philosophical act leisure is an attitude of.
The long game: brilliant visual essays on the only secret to creative success, from leonardo da vinci to marie curie is precisely what british filmmaker adam westbrook explores in his fantastic video essay series the long game — a feat of storytelling partway between kirby ferguson's remix culture. Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays. For those who have read (or, at least, have heard of) josef pieper's leisure: the basis of culture, this theme is likely familiar still, the matter is aryeh kosman, the activity of being: an essay on aristotle's ontology (cambridge, ma: harvard university press, 2013), 233-234 ↩ filed under: articles.