Sailing - Philosophy For Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

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Patrick Goold
John Wiley & Sons, Jul 10, 2012 - Philosophy - 216 pages
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This volume reveals the wisdom we can learn from sailing, a sport that pits human skills against the elements, tests the mettle and is a rich source of valuable lessons in life.

  • Unravels the philosophical mysteries behind one of the oldest organized human activities
  • Features contributions from philosophers and academics as well as from sailors themselves
  • Enriches appreciation of the sport by probing its meaning and value
  • Brings to life the many applications of philosophy to sailing and the profound lessons it can teach us
  • A thought-provoking read for sailors and philosophers alike

 

 

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Contents

Developing Patience Inner Strength
12
Why the Work ofSailing Can Be Great Fun
23
A Phenomenology
36
THE MEANING OF THE BOAT
47
The Stoic Sailor
61
Sailing and SelfBecoming
72
BEAUTY AND OTHER AESTHETIC ASPECTS
83
Sailing Flow and Fulfillment
96
The Sublime Tempestuous
109
NavigatingWhat Is Valuable and Steering a Course
122
PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS
133
The Physics ofSailing
148
Of Gods Fate and the Sea
164
An Old Drama by Which the Soul
176
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Editor
Patrick Goold is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Wesleyan College. His current research focuses on defining rationality. He is co-editor with Steven Emmanuel of the Blackwell anthology Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Nietzsche. Patrick is passionate about sailing, and, in addition to maintaining a small daysailer and a cruising boat of his own, frequently crews on the boats of others. The bays and sounds of Virginia and North Carolina are his home waters but he has sailed the length of the East Coast of the United States from Hilton Head to Long Island Sound, made a Bermuda crossing, done club racing in Brittany, and cruised in the Lesser Antilles.

Series Editor
Fritz Allhoff is an Associate 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, he is also the volume editor or co-editor for several titles, including Wine and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey and Philosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food and Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007) His academic research interests engage various facets of applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history and philosophy of science.

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