Notes on Pieper

Notes on Pieper - Josef Pieper Leisure The Basis of Culture...

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Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture . Intro. by Roger Scruton; trans. by Gerald Malsbary (South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine’s Press, 1998). “The Philosophical Act” Essay I Disanalogy: To ask what physics is about is not to be doing physics, but to ask what philosophy is about is to be philosophizing (63). To answer the question ‘what is philosophy?’ is impossible without doing philosophy. (64) A philosophical act is an act wherein the work-a-day world is transcended. ‘work-a-day world’ – the world of usefulness, of accomplishment; of supply & demand: its goal is the common utility. The common utility is part of but not the same as the common good. (64-65) There is, however, an increasing tendency to identify bonum utile and bonum commune . (64) Philosophy is incommensurable with the work-a-day world, in principle. Evermore, philosophy seems like a luxury to dispense with. (66) The work-a-day world is necessary, a good, not an evil. (67) Yet a genuine philosophical question seems utterly out of place in the work-a-day world. So, too, does poetry. (68) Prayer also seems out of place, as does love, and approach of death. (69) Pieper argues that all these wonder-based, existentially challenging forms of
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