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Man at play.

Author: Hugo Rahner
Publisher: New York] Herder and Herder [1972]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Eutrapelia is the virtue practised by the "eutrapelos", the man who has the wit and the wisdom to be the mean between the boor (the "agroikos") and the buffoon (the "bomoclochos"). Seen as a virtue to be positively pursued, eutrapelia has been sadly neglected, though to the high-cultured Athenian citizen (the "asteois") it was, as Aristotle testifies, the essential characteristic informing the intelligent  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugo Rahner
ISBN: 0665000146 9780665000140
OCLC Number: 425356
Notes: Translation of Der Spielende Mensch.
Description: xiv, 105 pages 21 cm
Responsibility: [Translated by Brian Battershaw and Edward Quinn.

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Eutrapelia is the virtue practised by the "eutrapelos", the man who has the wit and the wisdom to be the mean between the boor (the "agroikos") and the buffoon (the "bomoclochos"). Seen as a virtue to be positively pursued, eutrapelia has been sadly neglected, though to the high-cultured Athenian citizen (the "asteois") it was, as Aristotle testifies, the essential characteristic informing the intelligent disposition of the civilized man. This book gives us a brilliant and entertaining exposition of the concept of eutrapelia preceded by a longer explanation of the encouraging Thomist-based philosophy of man at play, one of the profoundest and most beautiful essays of its kind ever written. Together the two essays present a complete Christian philosophy and theology of man at play which will not fail to help us adjust to a sound mean between commitment and detachment in a life which, having but one Master, offers many.

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