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Book Title: Only the Lover Sings: Art and Contemplation|
The author of the book: Josef Pieper
Edition: Ignatius Press
Date of issue: October 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780898703023
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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.
"Joy is more profound than sadness, and our capacity to delight in what is mostly determines what we are. Josef Pieper's welcome guidance on leisure, festivity, and contemplation is the most secure and most exciting way to arrive at, and to delight in, the truth in things. Pieper teaches us through music, sculpture, and poetry to see the luminous beauty that reflects an origin deeper than themselves." - James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University
Table of Contents: Preface Work, Spare Time, and Leisure Learning How to See Again Thoughts about Music Music and Silence Three Talks in a Sculptor's Studio Remembrance: Mother of the Muses Those "Guests at the Festival" Vita Contemplativa - the Comtemplative Life
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Read information about the authorJosef Pieper was professor of philosophical anthropology at the University of Münster/Germany; he was a member of several academies and received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the International Balzan Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of humanities.
Pieper is among the most widely read philosophers of the 20th century. The main focus of his thought is the overcoming of cultural forms of secular totalitarianism and of its philosophical foundations through a rehabilitation of the Christian concept of man that is related to experience and action. Plato and Thomas Aquinas in particular were the inspiring sources of a constructive criticism of contemporary culture.
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