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Monday, July 8, 2013

Leisure - Stoic Terminology

     It seems appropriate, as I return from a long hiatus, that the next Stoic term for discussion is "leisure," translating the Greek scholē. Needleman and Piazza comment: "This is the source of the English word 'school,' and so we must assume it is not the same as idleness. On the contrary, for the Greek and Roman philosophers, it is idleness which motivates people to be busybodies and workaholics. Leisure, on the other hand, is the environment and state of mind in which one is relatively free from manual labor and concerns of survival, which only then allows time for study and meditation."

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