Reframe your understanding of work and rest.

For many, the word ‘leisure’ brings to mind vacations, naps, even enjoying a quiet cup of coffee. In his essay Leisure, the Basis of Culture, philosopher Josef Pieper turns this idea on its head, showing his readers that leisure is more than a break from work. Instead, it is an intrinsically valuable attitude of the spirit and a powerful Christian witness in today’s frenetic, work-centric culture.

This study guide will give you a framework for reading Pieper’s essay that will help you understand the meaning of the text, engage personally with the principles, and consequently help you grow as a person.

What's inside the study guide?

Inspired by the Charlotte Mason philosophy, as well as modern understanding of how learning and remembering occur, this study guide will help you develop your own relationship with Leisure, the Basis of Culture.

Designed with both individuals and groups in mind, in this study guide, you will find:

  • Space to write your own thoughts, questions, and notes
  • Questions designed to promote personal reflection and thoughtful conversation
  • Encouragement to put the principles from the book into your own context and culture

Please Note:

This study guide does not cover The Philosophical Act. Leisure, the Basis of Culture Study Guide is a digital product that will need to be printed or read on a computer or tablet. You will receive the study guide as a PDF, formatted to be printed as a booklet using US letter size paper. 

Your download includes permission to distribute the study guide within a small number of personal contacts for the purpose of group study.

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