Leisure: the Purpose of Life and the Nature of Philosophy

  • R. T. Allen
Part of the Warwick Studies in the European Humanities book series

Abstract

The classic conception of leisure, which endured through the Middle Ages, has been effectively restated in our times by Dr Josef Pieper in his Leisure: The Basis of Culture (with which is also and appropriately published his reflections on the nature of philosophy itself: The Philosophic Act’). I propose to develop that account in certain respects and in relation to pervasive features of contemporary life, to suggest certain modifications of it, and to show in my own way how leisure and philosophy are intimately connected with each other and with the question of the meaning of life.

Keywords

Income Logical Positivism Defend Shoe Folk 

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