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 a collection of intellectually stimulating new essays that address the philosophical issues relating to risk, ethics, and other aspects of climbing that are of interest to everyone from novice climbers to seasoned mountaineers.
  • Represents the first collection of essays to exclusively address the many philosophical aspects of climbing
  • Includes essays that challenge commonly accepted views of climbing and climbing ethics
  • Written accessibly, this book will appeal to everyone from novice climbers to seasoned mountaineers
  • Includes a foreword written by Hans Florine
  • Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, 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 Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. His doctoral work was in philosophy of mind and his current research focuses on motivation in sport and education. Schmid has been playing in the mountains and on rock for more than 20 years.

Series Editor
Fritz Allhoff is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Western Michigan University, as well as a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University’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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