Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Leisure: A Philosophical View About Leisure, Personal Freedom, and Politics

  • Elie Cohen-Gewerc
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_338


The decrease in the number of hours required for making one’s living and the improvement of the tools at man’s disposal for everyday needs in postindustrial society leave ever-growing populations with surplus time for additional occupations. What does man do with this spare time?

What happens to a person who completes his obligations earlier than he did in the past? Does this change in the conditions of his existence modify his conceptions and alter his mood? How then does it happen, in spite of this, that people tend to complain that they have no time? How do society’s institutions adapt to this state of affairs? “The state must determine a policy for a leisure culture” is a considerably popular statement, voiced by public figures and politicians. What have the State’s public and political institutions to do with the fact that its citizens have more free time? Does this time, by its very definition as “free,” not enjoy immunity from any kind of interference or attempt at...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beit Berl CollegeKfar SabaIsrael