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In Praise of Idleness | Study Guide

Bertrand Russell

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Bertrand Russell

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At a Glance

Bertrand Russell challenges readers to consider the possibility that modern advancements in technology have made it possible to reduce the hours in the workday to four, allowing working people the leisure time to cultivate their minds and talents and to advance the arts and sciences. The love of work for its own sake reflects a slave's morality. The working classes are now in a position to break free from workaholism and to enjoy the pursuit of leisure.

Perspective and Narrator

"In Praise of Idleness" expresses the author's ideas in the first-person as a persuasive piece intended to cast doubt on a popular opinion.

About the Title

"In Praise of Idleness" is Bertrand Russell's discussion of the virtues associated with leisure. Advancements in modern technology have now made it possible for leisure time to be extended to the working classes as well.


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