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By Stephen E. Schmid

Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone presents a suite of intellectually stimulating new essays that tackle the philosophical matters when it comes to threat, ethics, and different points of mountaineering which are of curiosity to each person from beginner climbers to pro mountaineers.

  • Represents the 1st number of essays to solely tackle the numerous philosophical features of mountaineering
  • Includes essays that problem ordinarily permitted perspectives of hiking and hiking ethics
  • Written accessibly, this ebook will attract all people from beginner climbers to pro mountaineers
  • Includes a foreword written by way of Hans Florine
  • Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, 2010

Chapter 1 mountaineering and the Stoic belief of Freedom (pages 11–23): Kevin Krein
Chapter 2 possibility and gift (pages 24–36): Paul Charlton
Chapter three Why Climb? (pages 37–48): Joe Fitschen
Chapter four Jokers at the Mountain (pages 49–64): Heidi Howkins Lockwood
Chapter five excessive Aspirations (pages 65–80): Brian Treanor
Chapter 6 greater than Meets the “I” (pages 81–92): Pam R. Sailors
Chapter 7 climbing and the price of Self?Sufficiency (pages 93–105): Philip A. Ebert and Simon Robertson
Chapter eight It Ain't quickly meals (pages 106–116): Ben Levey
Chapter nine Zen and the artwork of hiking (pages 117–129): Eric Swan
Chapter 10 Freedom and Individualism at the Rocks (pages 131–144): Dane Scott
Chapter eleven carry production (pages 145–157): William Ramsey
Chapter 12 The Ethics of loose Soloing (pages 158–168): Marcus Agnafors
Chapter thirteen Making Mountains out of tons (pages 169–179): Dale Murray
Chapter 14 From path discovering to Redpointing (pages 181–194): Debora Halbert
Chapter 15 Are You skilled? (pages 195–205): Stephen M. Downes
Chapter sixteen what's a mountaineering Grade besides? (pages 206–217): Richard G. Graziano
Chapter 17 the great thing about a Climb (pages 218–229): Gunnar Karlsen

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So, as the Stoic sage sees events and understands what the appropriate response is, when a climber is in the right state of mind, he or she is in harmony with the mountain and sees what must be done when and how. At these times the climber is in accord with the events of his or her world. Achieving freedom, in this case, is not the result of having many choices, but of the fact that the climber’s mind and world are relatively straightforward and easily harmonized. The approach to freedom I consider above is a product of early Stoic thinking.

The time, energy, and resources spent on climbing should therefore be redirected to more meaningful pursuits such as academic learning, religion, commitment to a career, or social service. Obviously, being a climber does not preclude one from doing other things with one’s life. One can be a climber and a philosopher – indeed, some are. But many of us recognize that our climbing has involved sacrifices in other arenas of our lives. Climbing can derail our focus on other, possibly more beneficial pursuits.

Climbing is a voluntary activity. Because we choose to climb – and we choose what, how, and how much we climb – climbing enters the ethical realm. Ethics is the branch of philosophy concerned with a number of related questions: What shall I do? What sort of life should I lead? What ideal should I emulate? I use the utilitarian ethics of English philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806–73) to weigh the costs and benefits of climbing. Mill was a hedonistic utilitarian. He argued that happiness is the highest good and that the morality of any act is to be measured by its consequences, not by our intentions.

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