Leisure starts with a mindset | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 5

Ok, I’m a week late, but I still want to post on this chapter. It was the best chapter yet, and yet the connections that I knew were there were simply not sparking in my brain. I had no clue what to write. But, at the church women’s retreat I attended this weekend, I was able to take a little time alone (several little times, actually) and recharge my introvert self. :) Rereading the chapter in that setting, suddenly my … Read More

Man is not an economic being | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 4

I have mentioned before that I am weak in modern history. I am also weak on modern economic theory. I do my best to keep away from talk of “Marxism” and “Communism” and such primarily because I don’t have a firm enough grasp on the history and real meanings behind the words. Now here is a chapter where I really feel this to be a lack. I know I would be able to pull a lot more out of this … Read More

Leisure as a State of Soul | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 3

Chapter 3 is the pay-off chapter. I barely comprehended chapter 2, but chapter 3 was excellent and clarifying. In reading it, bits and pieces I’d picked up here and there were brought together and tied together with a beautiful bow. Even if you aren’t following along, chapter 3 is worth reading as a stand-alone essay. However, I must say that as I read more, I become more and more annoyed with the translator’s use of punctuation. Leisure as a state … Read More

Living a Liberal Life of Contemplation | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 2

Was some of this chapter still German? Are you sure this is in English? I was totally lost and had really no idea what half this chapter was talking about. I picked up this book last year and started, and after chapter 2 never picked it up again until now. And now I remember why. I’ll keep going now that I have group motivation, but only if he becomes more intelligible to me. It’s no fun slogging through a book … Read More

Leisure is the Goal of Labor | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 1

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The good of book groups is not only the accountability of actually reading, but also the accountability of actually thinking about what you’re reading. And so, I’m reading Leisure: The Basis Of Culture along with Cindy and friends. I already owned the book, having found it while browsing the shelves at Exodus Books last year with store credit on my account. And, the reason I picked it up is because I remembered Cindy mentioning it; so, if Cindy’s going to … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering part 1 of Chapter 3: Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge (pages 59-75). Next week we will finish the chapter. Chapter 3, part 1: Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge In this chapter we move into modern defenders of poetic knowledge; these get more apologetic and specific than ancient and medieval sources because the poetic mode was supplanted with the scientific in the … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge, part 2

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering part 2 of Chapter 3: Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge (pages 75-). Next week we will read Chapter 4, part 1: Descartes and the Cartesian Legacy (pages 87-105). Chapter 3, part 2: Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge Review In this chapter, Taylor introduces the modern defenders of poetic knowledge; these gentlemen (primarily Jacques Maritian and Josef Pieper) are more explicit about … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Statements on Rest

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My brain is not connecting the dots today. I drove several hours on Saturday, and I had some great thoughts I was going to post that I no longer remember. So this is all I have to contribute to the Poetic Knowledge book club. I remember some of the dots, but I don’t remember how I was going to connect them. So. I present to you: dots. Let’s see if you can help me connect them. We should teach from … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Descartes and the Cartesian Legacy, part 1

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering part 1 of Chapter 4: Descartes and the Cartesian Legacy (pages 87-105). Next week we will read Chapter 4, part 2: pages 105-120). Summary Descartes wanted mathematical procedure and certainty in every field of knowledge, and although he himself wished to prove Christianity with his reasoning, and even to prove that we do know, his later followers, using his method and … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Social Change

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Everyone’s posts have been great this week, but all I have is a short meditation for the Poetic Knowledge book club. It all began with this quote on page suddenly hitting me like a ton of bricks: John Dewey taught that schools are instruments of social change rather than of education, and that is one reason why Johnny neither reads nor writes nor dreams or thinks; but real schools are places of un-change, of the permanent things. I realized that … Read More

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