The Wikipedia entry on “Otium”

I didn’t know terribly much about this word or its history and even reading most or all of this Wikipedia entry I’m not sure how much I’m closer to getting much that is useful out of it. But it’s still pretty interesting how a words etymology and general meaning can shift with cultures and time. Here’s a few…

Kierkegaard and Leisure

In Rotation of Crops (a part of his first published book Either/Or) Kierkaagard tackled the issue of boredom and briefly touches on the benefits of leisure: Idleness, we are accustomed to say, is the root of all evil. To prevent this evil, work is recommended…. Idleness as such is by no means a root of…

Aristotle and Leisure

Today and tomorrow (and perhaps more if they can be found) we will be showcasing a few philosophers who had positive things to say about leisure. Here is something from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Book X (emphasis added): Now this would seem to be in agreement both with what we said before and with the truth. For…