Aristotle: True leisure is not relaxation.


The Noble Leisure Project” gives an excellent explanation of Aristotle’s concept of leisure: that, far from being mere passivity/relaxation, true leisure an activity, one in which a person finds their greatest fulfillment.  And leisure is not just any activity, but rather the activities that are most properly human.  (Determining what these activities are is one of the goals of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.)

In general, then, the hierarchy for Aristotle goes something like this:

relaxation -> (done for the sake of) -> work -> (done for the sake of) -> leisure (done for its own sake)

How, then, should we arrange our lives and our daily schedules, so that we have time for all three of these?

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