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A Philosophy of Leisure

Willard C. Sutherland
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 313, Recreation in the Age of Automation (Sep., 1957), pp. 1-3
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1031744
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Abstract

The social meaning of work derives from the acts of creation it makes possible. The creative use of leisure suggests a philosophy which may be summarized under the ideas of integrity of purpose, liberty to choose goals, objectivity, equality in fellowship, common command of skills, growth, and inner joy. Since the average citizen is unable to invent new uses for his leisure, a professional elite shares a heavy responsibility for discovering criteria for ways of employing leisure and creating enthusiasms for common ends within the moral aims of the community.

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