Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone: Because It's There

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Stephen E. Schmid
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 13, 2011 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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. 

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Climbing Culture
Why Risk Climbing
Is Climbing Worth
Why Climb?
In Defense of Gratuitous
Climbing and SelfCultivation
An Authentic Climbing
Zen and the Art of Climbing
WhyYou May BeWrong About Whats Right
The Ethics of Free Soloing
AreYou Experienced? What You Dont Know
What Isa Climbing GradeAnyway? Richard G Graziano

Values of Dangerous
Mountaineering and the Value of SelfSufficiency
Gunnar Karlsen

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About the author (2011)

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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