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Philosophy Risk And Adventure Sports

Author : Mike J. McNamee
ISBN : 9781134264360
Genre : Education
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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.
Category: Education

Phenomenological Approaches To Sport

Author : Irena Martínková
ISBN : 9781135757243
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The study of sport is often thought of simply in terms of the sport sciences. This book explains how a phenomenological approach is capable of revealing the nature and meanings of sport in ways that are beyond the reach of the sciences and how the very concepts required by sport science stand in need of philosophical explanation. The book has a 'didactic' intention, seeking to present and discuss ideas and tools developed in the phenomenological tradition in order to illuminate issues in sport, in such a way as to be understandable for those without any previous knowledge or background. There are clear and straightforward accounts of the ideas of central thinkers, such as Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Patočka, and applications of central ideas to the analysis of particular issues, such as the nature of risk sports, the feint in football, the problem of the instant replay, the role of the sport psychologist, the idea of 'bodily perception', and the concept of 'transhumanism' in relation to performance enhancement. This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Bloomsbury Companion To The Philosophy Of Sport

Author : Cesar R. Torres
ISBN : 9781472905390
Genre : Philosophy
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The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport features specially commissioned essays from a team of leading international scholars. The book, by providing an overview of the advances in the philosophical understanding of sport (and related practices), serves as a measure of the development of the philosophy of sport but it also constitutes an expression of the discipline's state of the art. The book includes a critical analysis of the historical development of philosophic ideas about sport, three essays on the research methods typically used by sport philosophers, twelve essays that address vital issues at the forefront of key research areas, as well as four essays on topics of future disciplinary concern. The book also includes a glossary of key terms and concepts, an essay on resources available to researchers and practitioners, an essay on careers opportunities in the discipline, and an extensive annotated bibliography of key literature.
Category: Philosophy

Beyond Adventure

Author : Colin Mortlock
ISBN : 9781852843328
Genre : Philosophy
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"Colin Mortlock, already well known for his previous book, 'The adventure alternative', has spent a lifetime in outdoor education and has an international reputation in this field. In his own adventures he has faced the challenge of some of the world's most testing environments. These experiences have led him to believe that the outdoors can offer something more profound than just the attraction of excitement and danger - something that is beyond adventure. In this book he describes some of his outer journeys and reflects on the corresponding inner journeys that followed. He contemplates the potential of Nature to reveal profound truths about the self and an individual's relationship to others and the place." - back cover.
Category: Philosophy

Berkshire Encyclopedia Of Extreme Sports

Author : Douglas Booth
ISBN : 0977015955
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Over the last decade extreme has become a popular adjective to describe a range of physical pursuits and activities such as bungee jumping, dirt biking, skysurfing and street luge. Yet, notwithstanding its widespread usage, extreme remains largely a connotative term to differentiate individualistic, adventure-type sports with high aesthetic components from more functional and traditional team sports such as baseball, basketball, cricket, football and hockey. However, as well as its physical characteristics extreme also connotes an ideological dimension that refers to a range of anti-social attitudes, many of which are embodied and stand in sharp contrast to conservative, mainstream middle-class sporting values. Indeed, the ideology of extreme attracts as much attention among scholars interested in the study of sport as the physical elements. The Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports offers a comprehensive dissection of this new and emerging phenomenon, and its characteristics, philosophy, ideology, functions, history and future. component-risk-from a number of disciplinary perspectives including history, sociology, psychology, theology and physiology. In examining the history of individual extreme sports, the Encyclopedia explores ancient, feudal and cross-cultural forms while also looking at the appeal of modern extreme activities to entrepreneurs, marketers, advertisers and the media as they seek to connect with consumers in the critical 13-34-age cohort. The commercialization of extreme sports as well as their institutionalization-formation of governing bodies, grand prix circuits, and inclusion in traditional mega-events such as the Olympic Games-highlights another critical dimension addressed by the Encyclopedia, their contradictory and paradoxical nature. As numerous commentators have observed, participants in extreme sports are typically no less racist, sexist and class and status conscious than their brothers and sisters participating in mainstream sports. cross-cultural and historical extreme sports; thematic essays; biographies of leading extreme exponents; descriptions of the best known extreme playgrounds.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Phenomenology And The Extreme Sport Experience

Author : Eric Brymer
ISBN : 9781317340737
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Understanding the motivations behind those who partake in extreme sports can be difficult for some. If the popular conception holds that the incentive behind extreme sports participation is entirely to do with risking one’s life, then this confusion will continue to exist. However, an in-depth examination of the phenomenology of the extreme sport experience yields a much more complex picture. This book revisits the definition of extreme sports as those activities where a mismanaged mistake or accident would most likely result in death. Extreme sports are not necessarily synonymous with risk and participation may not be about risk-taking. Participants report deep inner transformations that influence world views and meaningfulness, feelings of coming home and authentic integration as well as a freedom beyond the everyday. Phenomenologically, these experiences have been interpreted as transcendent of time, other, space and body. Extreme sport participation therefore points to a more potent, life-enhancing endeavour worthy of further investigation. This book adopts a broad hermeneutic phenomenological approach to critique the assumed relationship to risk-taking, the death wish and the concept of "No Fear" in extreme sports, and repositions the experience in a previously unexplored manner. This is valuable reading for students and academics interested in Sports Psychology, Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Tourism, Leisure Studies and the practical applications of phenomenology.
Category: Sports & Recreation


Author : Allen Guttmann
ISBN : UOM:39015059198245
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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From ancient Egyptian archery and medieval Japanese football to contemporary American baseball, sports have been shaped by - and in turn have helped shape - the culture of which it is part. This work traces this evolution across continents, cultures, and historical epochs to construct a single comprehensive narrative of the world's sports.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Beyond Risk

Author : Nicholas O'Connell
ISBN : 0898864577
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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If we are fascinated by adventure, we are even more inspired by adventurers. Are any more intriguing than the men and women who risk life, limb, and sanity to scale rocky pinnacles or stand on icy summits? Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers brings us closer to understanding those for whom climbing is the ultimate form of self-expression. These in-depth interviews with seventeen of the world's most innovative and accomplished climbers illuminate the influences, events, and philosophies that have shaped their immensely personal approaches to climbing. O'Connell asks the questions we might of pioneers Walter Bonatti, Reinhold Messner, Voytek Kurtyka, Catherine Destivelle, and others: What first inspired them to climb? How do they garner the resources - physical, financial, and emotional - to continue climbing? How do they cope with success, failure, and the danger inherent in the sport? What do they feel about their contributions to climbing? Their candid answers reveal a range of opinions on ethics, motivations, fellow climbers, and the future of mountaineering. The climbers reflect on the turning points and milestones of their lives, what they feel are the accomplishments of their contemporaries, and where they themselves fit in mountaineering history. Through these interviews, we learn that the world's leading climbers did not set out to become so; only by following their passions did they inadvertently come to define technique, style, and achievement. What emerges is that despite vastly differing life histories, generations, and nationalities, the experiences of success, disappointment, fear, and tragedy inextricably bind all mountaineers. As they describe their brushes withthese heightened states and emotions - these episodes of fully living life - we may begin to develop a deeper understanding of the passion that underpins this richly rewarding and challenging sport.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Creagh Dhu Climber

Author : Jeff Connor
ISBN : 0948153547
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Category: Biography & Autobiography

A History Of Mountain Climbing

Author : Roger Frison-Roche
ISBN : UOM:39015039885036
Genre : Mountaineering
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Beginning with the first conquest of the Alps in the eighteenth century, the drive to scale the world's tallest peaks has inspired generations of amateur and professional climbers and explorers. In breathtaking illustrations and an exciting, accessible text, Roger Frison-Roche and Sylvain Jouty bring the history of mountain climbing vividly to life. Supplemented by biographies of fifty of the world's most celebrated mountain climbers and a detailed chronology, this thrilling chronicle of the triumphs and defeats that have marked the history of the sport will appeal to mountain-climbing enthusiasts and anyone who loves the great outdoors.
Category: Mountaineering

The Munro Phenomenon

Author : Andrew Dempster
ISBN : 1851586989
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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This book is an exploration of what is now a cult pursuit—Munro-bagging. It looks at the life of the man behind the famous tables, and attempts to explain why for thousands of people his list has assumed an importance out of proportion to its humble beginnings. The heart of the book is not the Munros, but the relationship between the mountains and the people who climb them—the ordinary hillwalkers as well as the pioneers and record-breakers. This book should be of interest to anyone working their way through Munro's list, for the seasoned veterans who have accomplished their quest, and even those armchair Munro-baggers who have no intention of slogging their way up a 3,000-foot peak but nevertheless have a genuine interest in this sport.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Cool Memories Ii 1987 1990

Author : Jean Baudrillard
ISBN : 0822317931
Genre : History
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Jean Baudrillard is widely recognized as one of the most important and provocative writers of our age. Variously termed "France's leading philosopher of postmodernism" and "a sharp-shooting Lone Ranger of the post-Marxist left," he might also be called our leading philosopher of seduction or of mass culture. Following his acclaimed America and Cool Memories, this book is the third in a series of personal records in hyperreality. Idiosyncratic, outrageous, and brilliantly original, Baudrillard here casts his net widely and combines autobiographical memories with further reflections on America, the crisis of cultural production, new ideas in fiction/theory, and the "verbal fornication" of the postmodern. In this wide-ranging discussion of events and ideas, Baudrillard moves between poetry and waterfalls, strikes and stealth bombers, Freud and La Cicciolina, shadows and simulacra, deconstruction and the zodiac, Reagan's smile and Kennedy's death, the "curse" on South America and the future of the West, the last tango of French intellectual life and the exemplary disappearing act of Italian politics. Writing at the site where the philosophic and the poetic merge, he once again offers us commentary in the form of the riveting insight, the short distillation of reality that establishes its truth with the force of recognition. Cool Memories II, Baudrillard's latest commentary on the technopresent and future, an installment of his reflections on the reality of contemporary western culture, will entice all readers concerned with postmodernism and the current state of theory.
Category: History

The Wildest Dream

Author : Peter Gillman
ISBN : 0898867517
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A biography of the British mountaineer George Mallory whose death near the summit of Everest in 1924 has become legendary.
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Author : David Craig
ISBN : UOM:39015038433267
Genre : Travel
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This book is an account of travels round the world, in Africa, America, Australia, and Europe, to discover the significance of great cliffs and outcrops, to see at first hand how people have lived in their shadows or on their faces and summits. David Craig, deeply influenced by the upstanding ruggedness of the granite crags of his Scottish birthplace, set out to visit as many great rocks as he could, 'to touch them, climb them or walk around them, and to find out what they meant'. He calls his book a 'meditation on rock' - it is in fact a wonderfully evocative exploration of the myths, cultural monuments and physical habitations which people have built on the rock of ages, close to the margin of survival.
Category: Travel

Dark Shadows Falling

Author : Joe Simpson
ISBN : 0898865905
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The author offers a personal interpretation of the values of mountaineering by describing his own climbing experiences and relating them to the Mt. Everest deaths of May 1996
Category: Sports & Recreation