Leisure the Basis of Culture

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In Tune With The World

In this stimulating and still-timely study, Josef Pieper takes up a theme of paramount importance to his thinking - that festivals belong by rights among the great topics of philosophical discussion. Pieper exposes the pseudo-festivals, in their harmless and their sinister forms; traditional feasts contaminated by commercialism; artificial holidays created in the interest of merchandisers; holidays by coercion, decreed by dictators the world over; festivals as military demonstrations; holidays empty of significance.

. And lastly we are given the apocalyptic vision of a nihilistic world which would seek its release not in festivities but in destruction.


Only the Lover Sings: Art and Contemplation

The popular and highly regarded Pieper speaks of the necessity for human persons to be able to contemplate and appreciate beauty to develop their full humanity. Pieper expresses succinctly that the foundation of the human person in society is leisure, free time in which one can contemplate, be receptive to being and its beauty.

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Leisure: The Basis of Culture

He also points out that religion can be born only in leisure -- a leisure that allows time for the contemplation of the nature of God. One of the most important philosophy titles published in the twentieth century, even more crucial, Josef Pieper's Leisure, the Basis of Culture is more significant, today than it was when it first appeared more than fifty years ago.

Pieper shows that the Greeks and medieval Europeans, understood the great value and importance of leisure. This edition also includes his work The Philosophical Act. Leisure is an attitude of the mind and a condition of the soul that fosters a capacity to perceive the reality of the world. Pieper maintains that our bourgeois world of total labor has vanquished leisure, unless we substitute true leisure for our hectic amusements, and issues a startling warning: Unless we regain the art of silence and insight, the ability for non-activity, we will destroy our culture -- and ourselves.

. Leisure has been, and always will be, the first foundation of any culture.


Plato Symposium Hackett Classics

G. A model of the kind of text one needs for lecture courses: the translation is extremely readable and made even more accessible by intelligent printing decisions on dividing the text, spacing for clarification, etc. The notes are kept to a minimum but appear when they are really needed for comprehension and are truly informative.

And the introduction admirably presents both basic information and a sense of current scholarly opinion. S. Nugent, princeton University Hackett Pub Co Inc.


Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals

Where the critique of pure reason laid out kant's metaphysical and epistemological ideas, this relatively short, primarily meta-ethical, work was intended to outline and define the concepts and arguments shaping his future work The Metaphysics of Morals. Hackett Pub Co Inc. However, the latter work is much less read than the Groundwork.

The foundations of the metaphysics of morals or Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Immanuel Kant's first contribution to moral philosophy, argues for an a priori basis for morality.


Marx's Concept of Man Milestones of Thought

Included is also a translation Marx's Philosophical Manuscripts. 2011 reprint of 1961 Edition. Hackett Pub Co Inc. Used book in Good Condition. Fromm provides what was at the time a new and provocative view of Marx's humanism that challenged both Soviet distortion and Western ignorance of the basic philosophical underpinning of classical Marxism.

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Abuse of Language Abuse of Power

Reality becomes intelligible through words. Josef pieper shows with energetic zeal, but also with ascetical restraint, the path out of this dangerous situation. Man speaks so that through naming things, what is real may become intelligible. This mediating character of language, however, is being increasingly corrupted.

We are constrained to see things again as they are and from the truth thus grasped, to live and to work. Used book in Good Condition. Hackett Pub Co Inc. They offer us apparent realities whose fictive character threatens to become opaque. One of the great catholic philosophers of our day reflects on the way language has been abused so that, and of the acquisition of wisdom, instead of being a means of communicating the truth and entering more deeply into it, it is being used to control people and manipulate them to achieve practical ends.

Tyranny, propaganda, mass-media destroy and distort words.


Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's "Euthyphro," "Apology of Socrates," "Crito," and Aristophanes' "Clouds"

West's introduction provides an overview of the principal themes and arguments of the four works. There are extensive explanatory notes to the translations. In their translations, the Wests capture successfully the simplicity and vigor of straightforward Greek diction. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition.

Hackett Pub Co Inc. Widely adopted for classroom use, focusing particularly on his trial and defense three dialogues by Plato: Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, this book offers translations of four major works of ancient Greek literature which treat the life and thought of Socrates, and Crito and on the charges against Socrates Aristophanes' comedy Clouds.

This is the only collection of the three platonic dialogues that also includes Clouds, a work that is fundamental for understanding the thought of Socrates in relation to the Athenian political community and to Greek poetry. They strive for as high a degree of accuracy as possible, subordinating concerns for elegance and smoothness to the goal of producing the most faithful and most reliable English versions of these texts.

For this new edition, thomas west has revised the introduction and updated the annotated bibliography, which includes the best of the secondary literature on Socrates and on the texts included in this book. Thomas G.


The Republic of Plato

Hackett Pub Co Inc. Used book in Good Condition. In addition to the annotated text, there is also a rich and valuable essay -- as well as indices -- which will enable readers to better understand the heart of Plato's intention. This edition includes an introduction by renowned critic Adam Kirsch, setting the work in its intellectual context for a new generation of students and readers.

Used book in Good Condition. The definitive translation of plato's republic, the most influential text in the history of Western philosophyLong regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato's Republic that has yet been published, this widely acclaimed translation by Allan Bloom was the first to take a strictly literal approach.

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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

The nicomachean ethics has engaged the serious interest of readers across centuries and civilizations—of peoples ancient, Muslim, and modern; pagan, Christian, medieval, and Jewish—and this new edition will take its place as the standard English-language translation. Collins have produced here an English-language translation of the Ethics that is as remarkably faithful to the original as it is graceful in its rendering.

The nicomachean ethics is one of Aristotle’s most widely read and influential works. Used book in Good Condition. Ideas central to ethics—that happiness is the end of human endeavor, that moral virtue is formed through action and habituation, and that good action requires prudence—found their most powerful proponent in the person medieval scholars simply called “the Philosopher.

Drawing on their intimate knowledge of Aristotle’s thought, Robert C. Hackett Pub Co Inc. Aristotle is well known for the precision with which he chooses his words, and in this elegant translation his work has found its ideal match. Basic Books. Used book in Good Condition. Bartlett and Susan D.