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Is Josef Pieper’s Call To Wisdom Worthwhile? R&MW

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On tonight’s show, host Kasaun E. Henry evaluates what he refers to as Josef Pieper’s “call to wisdom.” Josef Pieper (1904–1997), a German Catholic Philosopher, thought that people have become slaves to jobs and careers and have lost sight of a more important responsibility: to go “beyond the everyday world of work” and pursue wisdom. In his works, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity, Leisure the Basis of Culture, and The Philosophical Act, Pieper asks people living in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to reexamine their values of jobs and knowledge.

Questions to think about:

How do you define “work” or “making a living”?

What place does knowledge and wisdom have in your life?