Though the ancient Greek philosophical concept of schole is usually translated as 'leisure', there is a vast difference between the two. Leisure, derived from Latin licere, has its roots in Roman otium and connotes the uses of free time in ways permitted by the status quo. Schole is the actualization of mind and one's humanity within a republic that devotes its culture to making such a choice possible. This volume traces the background in Greek culture and the writings of Plato of a daring proposal presented by Aristotle, that schole is a principle for political organization.
The concept of schole by and large did not survive Aristotle. To sharpen our understanding of schole the book goes on to identify the concepts of leisure which we have inherited from the intellectuals of the Hellenistic and Roman empires and the early Church Fathers. Schole also had its contrary ascholia - busyness - which Plato described as a social and psychological pathology and his analysis suggests why, due to these ills, current visions of a leisure society are highly unlikely.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
An original book packed with delicious food for thought. It is insightful, timely, and riveting. * Huffington Post *
One of the most important philosophical publications in recent years ... precious and beautifully written. * Apeiron Journal *
This book is a must-read not only for students of Greek philosophy, but it is an eye-opener for all of us who have been perplexed as to why the notion of human fulfillment in our culture curiously has come to elude our grasp. * Peter Hadreas, Professor of Philosophy, San Jose State University, USA *
The study of Ancient schole is a much-neglected and extremely foundational topic. Anyone interested in Ancient theories of politics, eudaimonia, and culture in general simply must read this book. * Audrey L. Anton, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Western Kentucky University, USA *