Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone Because It's There

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-31
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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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

Author Biography

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).

Table of Contents

Foreword (Hans Florine).

Acknowledgments (Stephen E. Schmid).

Philosophizing Into the Void: An Introduction to Climbing – Philosophy for Everyone (Stephen E. Schmid).

PART I TYING IN: Why Risk Climbing.

1 Climbing and the Stoic Conception of Freedom (Kevin Krein).

2 Risk and Reward: Is Climbing Worth It? (Paul Charlton).

3 Why Climb? (Joe Fitschen).

4 Jokers on the Mountain: In Defense of Gratuitous Risk (Heidi Howkins Lockwood).

PART II QUEST FOR THE SUMMIT: Cultivating the Climber.

5 High Aspirations: Climbing and Self-Cultivation (Brian Treanor).

6 More than Meets the “I”: Values of Dangerous Sport (Pam R. Sailors).

7 Mountaineering and the Value of Self-Sufficiency (Philip A. Ebert and Simon Robertson).

8 It Ain't Fast Food: An Authentic Climbing Experience (Ben Levey).

9 Zen and the Art of Climbing (Eric Swan).


10 Freedom and Individualism on the Rocks (Dane Scott).

11 Hold Manufacturing: Why You May Be Wrong About What's Right (William Ramsey).

12 The Ethics of Free Soloing (Marcus Agnafors).

13 Making Mountains Out of Heaps: Environmental Protection One Stone at a Time (Dale Murray).

PART IV MIXED CLIMBING: Philosophy on Varied Terrain.

14 From Route Finding to Redpointing: Climbing Culture as a Gift Economy (Debora Halbert).

15 Are You Experienced? What You Don’t Know About Your Climbing Experience (Stephen M. Downes).

16 What Is a Climbing Grade Anyway? (Richard G. Graziano).

17 The Beauty of a Climb (Gunnar Karlsen).

Climbing Glossary.

Notes on Contributors.

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