Climbing: Because It's There (Philosophy For Everyone) by Fritz Allhoff, Stephen E. Schmid

By Fritz Allhoff, Stephen E. Schmid

Hiking - Philosophy for everybody provides a suite of intellectually stimulating new essays that deal with the philosophical matters in relation to possibility, ethics, and different facets of mountain climbing which are of curiosity to each person from beginner climbers to pro mountaineers.

-Represents the 1st choice of essays to completely handle the numerous philosophical facets of climbing

-Includes essays that problem in general accredited perspectives of mountaineering and mountain climbing ethics

-Written accessibly, this ebook will attract each person from beginner climbers to pro mountaineers

-Includes a foreword written via Hans Florine

-Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, 2010

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By deeper I do not mean more profound, only that the explanation is more encompassing in the way that quantum theory is deeper than atomic theory. Here I must switch from being an analytic philosopher to being a speculative philosopher, an approach probably more in keeping with the common conception of what philosophers do. This is tricky ground because the analytic approach was developed to clear away the cobwebs spun by the speculators, particularly the Idealists like Hegel (1770–1831) and Schopenhauer (1788–1860).

Why do we intentionally go out of our way to expose ourselves to these sorts of risks? Many of us dislike these questions. They are uncomfortable. ” Though these answers may be true, they are not sufficient in themselves. In order to live ethical lives, we need to have solid reasons for why we do what we do. Those other answers – I like it, it’s fun – are good enough only if the decision is ethically justified. Can one justify climbing? Yes. But the bigger issue goes deeper than that: Are there ethically justified reasons why we should climb?

18 K EVIN KREIN But the freedom does not result from having many options; instead, it is a result of desiring precisely those things the mountain allows. This explains as well why it is only climbers who feel free in the kind of conditions I have been describing. Anyone who does not know the environment, techniques, and equipment of climbing will not understand the relevant features of that particular world. The non-climber’s will is not likely to be in accord with the mountain environment and the non-climber is not likely to see the appropriate responses to given situations.

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