Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone: Because It's There
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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