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Author:    JOSEF PIEPER

Title:   What Is a Feast?

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Jacket Condition:   No Jacket

Publisher:    North Waterloo Academic Press June 1990

ISBN Number:    0921075049 / 9780921075042

Seller ID:   92364

'Festivity lives on affirmation,' says Josef Pieper in the first of four lectures collected in this slim volume. But more than that, festivity is a deep assent to life that 'becomes the well-spring of a thousand legitimate occasions for festivity, whether the immediate event be the coming of spring or of a baby's first tooth.' Prompted by the Nazi's dismal celebrations, Pieper began considering the question of the feast while serving in the Third Reich's air force unit. His first essay-'What is a Feast?-dovetails into the second, 'Hope and History,' in which he suggests that 'wherever people imagine and strive for the realization of fraternity among men' they are implicitly participating in the hope of Christendom. Essay three, 'On the Unavoidable Dilemma of a Non-Christian Philosophy,' briefly considers the inherent problem of espousing an intentional non-Christian philosophy when all philosophy must inevitably inquire after the question of God. Piper's final essay, 'On Leisure,' returns to the subject of his most famous work, Leisure the Basis of Culture, examining the ancient view that the depth of human existence lies not in work but beyond work's limits. Possibly the highest accolade for this collection is the witness of its index. Though compact, it arguably includes the finest of Western intelligentsia, ancient philosophers and early theologians. 68 pp. New copy, no jacket. Perfect, new condition.

Price = 40.00 USD



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