Monday, December 14, 2009

A Bit More On Leisure

I intend this to be my last post on the subject of leisure, but it probably won't be. Nevertheless, if you are interested in the subject and want to read something relatively short and thoughtful, then pick up a copy of Josef Pieper's Leisure The Basis of Culture. There's even a new edition with a forward by James Schall, S.J, who just so happens to be a professor at Georgetown. Link here.

One of my favorite passages:
In antiquity the place of the liberal arts was recognized; the non-useful too had its rights in human affairs. The knowledge of the functionary is not the only knowledge; there is also 'the knowledge of a gentleman (to use Newman's very happy formula in the Idea of a University, for the term artes liberales).

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