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Josef Pieper (1904–1997)

Author of Leisure: The Basis of Culture

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Works by Josef Pieper

Leisure: The Basis of Culture (1948) 1,309 copies
The Four Cardinal Virtues (1965) 531 copies
Guide to Thomas Aquinas (1962) 342 copies
Faith, Hope, Love (1986) 295 copies
In Tune With The World (1963) 191 copies
Happiness and Contemplation (1958) 187 copies
The Concept of Sin (1998) 145 copies
In Defense of Philosophy (1966) 130 copies
Josef Pieper: An Anthology (1989) 128 copies
Death And Immortality (1987) 75 copies
On Hope (1986) 73 copies
Living the Truth (1989) 70 copies
Hope and History (1969) 66 copies
The Christian Idea of Man (1995) 65 copies
Belief and faith (1962) 41 copies
Prudence (1959) 34 copies
The Platonic Myths (1998) 29 copies
About love (1974) 21 copies
Justice (1955) 20 copies
Fortitude, and Temperance (1954) 16 copies
The Silence of Goethe (2009) 13 copies
Thomas von Aquin (1958) 12 copies
Reality and the good (1967) 11 copies
Vom Sinn der Tapferkeit (2001) 10 copies
Virtudes fundamentais (1905) 5 copies
Über Thomas von Aquin (1940) 4 copies
La temperanza (2001) 4 copies
La fe (1966) 2 copies
Filosofía medieval (1979) 1 copy
Filosofi tedeschi d'oggi — Author — 1 copy
Christenfibel (1979) 1 copy
W obronie filozofii (1985) 1 copy

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mykl-s | 5 other reviews | Aug 13, 2023 |
What does the pursuit of happiness have to do with contemplation. Why do we need both and what do the ancients up to and including Aquinas have to say that will inform us in our search for the good life? These and other issues are explored in this somewhat unique study of what it means to live a fulfilled human life.
jwhenderson | 1 other review | Jul 2, 2022 |
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Correaf | Jul 8, 2021 |
Josef Pieper explores a fascinating but often neglected aspects of Platonic philosophy. These are the spiritual themes of the Greek pagan thinker, which also provide some striking parallels with Christian eschatology (the study of man's final end as it is achieved in the afterlife). While Socrates, the chief interlocutor or character of Plato's dialogues, is often ironic, paradoxical and even at times irreverent, Pieper notes that there was one point one which he was strikingly assertive and even "dogmatic." This was on the subject of death and judgement in the hereafter.

As Pieper says of Plato's descriptions of the soul after death: "The reward [of the good] is to dwell on the islands of the blessed. Punishment, like guilt, is in two forms. The guilty who can be healed are led to a place at which, for a time, they 'do penance' and 'purify themselves of their wrongdoing.' And so, when we speak of a 'place of purification' and 'purgatory' we are using Plato's own words. Those who through their crimes have incurred guilt which cannot be healed undergo... an unending, eternal punishment...."

Plato famously rejected the popular mythic conceptions of Greek religion, as found in Homeric legends. He criticized the idea of amoral deities and an afterlife conceived as a gloomy, shadowy underworld. For Plato, myth is not an historical or scientific chronicle, yet it remains morally and psychologically true. It describes an objectively real fact of human existence. Pieper calls it "a story played out between the realm of the gods and the realm of men."
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