82. Transformative Leisure. A Philosophy of Communication. By Annette M. Holba. ISBN 978-0-87462-717-6. Paperback. 150 pages. Bibliography. Index. $17.00
Our impressions of leisure today often involve rest, relaxation, and freedom from work. These impressions are misguided if their limits remain unchallenged. This book reveals the deep essence of leisure by repositioning it as a philosophy of communication that cultivates the mind/body. Fashioned after Calvin Schrag’s The Self after Postmodernity, this work explores leisure in discourse, leisure in action, leisure in community, and leisure in transcendence. By integrating the philosophies of Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, Levinas, Pieper, and others, we can illuminate the transformative nature of leisure and experience a reawakening of the contemplative spirit in action.
Annette M. Holba is Associate Professor of Rhetoric at Plymouth State University, jointly appointed to Departments of Communication and Media Studies and History and Philosophy. She has authored two books, Philosophical Leisure: Recuperative Praxis for Human Communication, and Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, or Did She? A Rhetorical Inquiry and co-authored and co-edited five other books related to philosophy of communication. She has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Identity and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals in both disciplines of philosophy and communication.