YVES RENE SIMON MARIE
Title: Work, Society, and Culture
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Fordham Univ Pr October 1986
0823209172 / 9780823209170
Seller ID: 20100106166730
In the closing chapter of Work, Society, and Culture, French philosopher Yves Simon addresses Josef Pieper's famous discourse, Leisure: The Basis of Culture. Rather than offering a blanket contradiction, Simon suggests the title to be 'one of those oversimplifications that abound in interpretations of the relations between work and culture.' Avoiding philosophical jargon, Simon advocates 'a theory of culture centered not on leisure but on work in the broadest sense, including moral, social, and intellectual, as well as technical and manual work.' This book is the ontological foundation for that task. Setting off, Simon tackles the perceived reality (and irksomeness) of manual work and differentiates this from the work of the mind. Applying his expertise in Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy, he brilliantly confronts the social, ethical, and psychological dimensions of work and worker, zeroing in on the family as a working unit, the working class, and the proletariat. Knowledge of truth, he claims, must be our regulating ideal: 'Let us not doubt that, if truth is sought according to its own laws and to its own spirit, culture also will be attained. Everything is in perfect order if the factors of refinement, flexibility, and charm spring from what is strong and determinate and of itself hard.' The 'blossoms' of culture often realized in leisure-music, poetry, art-are incomplete without the hard work of virtue to help us make proper use of them.