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Theory of the Leisure Class

An Economic Study of Institutions‎

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 105,790 / 326 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 38
LoC Categories: Q, H
Downloads: 3,398 7138

The challenging analysis of social conduct that ironically probes misused wealth and conspicuous consumption.

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It may be an excess of caution at this day to explain that the barbarian notion which it is here intended to convey by the term "animate" is not the same as would be conveyed by the word "living". The term does not cover all living things, and it does cover a great many others. Such a striking natural phenomenon as a storm, a disease, a waterfall, are recognised as "animate"; while fruits and herbs, and even inconspicuous animals, such as house-flies, maggots, lemmings, sheep, are not ordinarily apprehended as "animate" except when taken collectively. As here used the term does not necessarily imply an indwelling soul or spirit. The concept includes such things as in the apprehension of the animistic savage or barbarian are formidable by virtue of a real or imputed habit of initiating action. This category comprises a large number and range of natural objects and phenomena. Such a distinction between the inert and the active is still present in the habits of thought of unreflecting persons, and it still pr

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
mike greene

Great read, author was decades ahead of his time. If you can get past the dated language, his observations of peoples' behavior are still valid today. Insightful, even amusing.



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