The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacation [NOOK Book]

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Drawing upon in-depth case studies of vacation habits and the observations of philosophers, writers, and sociologists such as Aristotle, Mark Twain and Thorstein Veblen, Al Gini argues why vacations are so venerated and why 'doing nothing' is a fundamental human necessity.


From shopping sprees and extreme sports to the ultimate vacation - retirement - ...

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The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacation

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Overview

Drawing upon in-depth case studies of vacation habits and the observations of philosophers, writers, and sociologists such as Aristotle, Mark Twain and Thorstein Veblen, Al Gini argues why vacations are so venerated and why 'doing nothing' is a fundamental human necessity.


From shopping sprees and extreme sports to the ultimate vacation - retirement - The Importance of Being lazy demonstrates that without true leisure, we are diminished as individuals and as a society.


 

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Editorial Reviews

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'The Importance of Being Lazy solidifies Al Gini's reputation as a leading philosopher of contemporary American culture.' - Ronald M. Green, Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College, USA

'Finally - a book written around the thesis that "doing nothing" is one of life's necessities!' - Publishers Weekly

'Gini is so persuasive I kept putting the book down to go play!' - Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135948931
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Al Gini is a Philosophy Professor at Loyola University Chicago and a member of Loyola's Institute of Human Resources and Industrial Relations. He is the co-founder and Associate Editor of the journal Business Ethics Quarterly and the author of Why IT's Hard to Be Good(Routledge).

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Project and the Problem 1
1 The Other Side of Leisure: Work, Damn it! 13
2 Leisure and Culture: The Importance of Being Lazy 27
3 Vacations and Traveling 43
4 Minivacations: The Weekend 65
5 Shopping as Leisure and Play 81
6 Sports and Play 101
7 The Ultimate Vacation: Retirement 117
Epilogue: Sabbath as Metaphor 143
Notes 163
About the Author 173
Index 175
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