Differences in ancient and modern perspectives about the relationship of “Leisure” with happiness.

John Dewey’s criticism of Aristotle’s idea on leisure and education

John Dewey (1859-1952)
Father of educational philosophy

Basic principles of education
Aims of education
Concept of education
Methods of teaching
Role of teacher
“Education is life itself”
– John Dewey

the basis of Greek leisure is to be at rest and then choose what to do, as opposed to always acting out of obligation.
the quality of leisure matters, and the Greeks thought the best use of leisure was for learning.
Dewey found Aristotle way of distinction was a way of  justifying social conventions using nature as an authority.
Aristotle’s division of noblemen and working men are depending upon Aristotle’s psychological division between rational (noblemen) and irrational (working men).

John Dewey’s criticism of Aristotle’s idea on leisure and education
John Dewey argues about the Aristotle’s division of education and society which leads to two types of citizens, workers and leaders.
Education must improve imagination and strength in human being.
Noblemen would shy from the working labor.
Teach all the people equally to participate in the community.
Provide liberal arts to all the people.
Idea of philosopher Noam Chomsky: American education is more about the formation of law-abiding citizens.

John Dewey and modern leisure
For the ancients, leisure was a very sacred activity through which they could find their identity.
For modern people school is not a place of leisure anymore.
Modern people understand leisure as an escape from work.
The necessity for the teacher to provide an appropriate educational environment for the development of a student’s potential is no less sacred than the duties of a priest.

UNIT notes 5, 6-
Yorkville University (n.d,). Introduction to Leisure and Philosophy Thought [ Unit-5,6 notes]. Retrieved from

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