Philosophy, Risk and Adventure Sports

ISBN-10: 0415351847
ISBN-13: 9780415351843
Edition: 2007
Description: With interest and participation in extreme and adventure sports growing year on year, the time is ripe for a thoughtful and analytical assessment of this phenomenon from a rigorous philosophical perspective. This collection of essays is the first  More...
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Copyright Year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 7/27/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

With interest and participation in extreme and adventure sports growing year on year, the time is ripe for a thoughtful and analytical assessment of this phenomenon from a rigorous philosophical perspective. This collection of essays is the first single-source treatment of adventure sports from an exclusively philosophical standpoint. The text offers students a uniquely focused reader of this burgeoning area of interest and provides scholars with a source book for further studies in this area. Featuring contributions from well-respected writers in the field who each also have personal familiarity of participation in adventure and extreme sports, this is set to become a classic analysis of the intersections between philosophy and extreme experiences, encompassing essential related concepts of elation, danger, death, wilderness and authenticity.

List of figures
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Adventurous activity, prudent planners and risk
The quest for excitement and the safe society
Legislators and interpreters: an examination of changes in philosophical interpretations of 'being a mountaineer'
Philosophy outdoors: first person physical
Adventure, climbing excellence and the practice of 'bolting'
Reading water: risk, intuition, and insight
Nature and risk in adventure sports
Aesthetic and ethical issues concerning sport in wilder places
Outline of a phenomenology of snowboarding
The performative avant-garde and action sports: Vedic philosophy in a postmodern world
Extreme sports and the ontology of experience
Kant goes skydiving: understanding the extreme by way of the sublime
Can BASEjumping be morally defended?
Walking the edge
Index

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