Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone: Because It's There (Google eBook)

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Stephen E. Schmid
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 13, 2011 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone presents acollection of intellectually stimulating new essays that addressthe philosophical issues relating to risk, ethics, and otheraspects of climbing that are of interest to everyone from noviceclimbers to seasoned mountaineers.
  • Represents the first collection of essays to exclusivelyaddress the many philosophical aspects of climbing
  • Includes essays that challenge commonly accepted views ofclimbing and climbing ethics
  • Written accessibly, this book will appeal to everyone fromnovice climbers to seasoned mountaineers
  • Includes a foreword written by Hans Florine
  • Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for MountainLiterature, 2010
  

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As an avid climber, this book immediately sparked my interest upon seeing it. There were some very interesting essays that made me look on some topic with new light. The philosophy part is very stressed, with almost every essay citing a prominent philosopher such as Nietzsche, Kant, Hegel, and more. As a rather lay person on this department I found some of this a quite heavy and even a little overwhelming in some essays. However, not all the essays are like this and all in all it was very fascinating and quick read. 

Contents

Climbing and the Stoic Conception of Freedom
13
Why Climb?
37
Climbing and SelfCultivation
67
Values of Dangerous Sport
81
An Authentic Climbing Experience
106
Zen and the Art of Climbing
119
Freedom and Individualism on the Rocks
133
The Ethics of Free Soloing
158
Climbing Culture
183
What Is a Climbing Grade Anyway?
206
Climbing Glossary
230
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Editor
Stephen E. Schmid is Assistant Professor of Philosophyat the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. His doctoral work wasin philosophy of mind and his current research focuses onmotivation in sport and education. Schmid has been playing in themountains and on rock for more than 20 years.

Series Editor
Fritz Allhoff is an Assistant Professor in thePhilosophy Department at Western Michigan University, as well as aSenior Research Fellow at the Australian NationalUniversity’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.In addition to editing the Philosophy for Everyone series,Allhoff is the volume editor or co-editor for several titles,including Wine & Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007),Whiskey & Philosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley,2009), and Food & Philosophy (with Dave Monroe,Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).

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