By Stephen E. Schmid

ISBN-10: 1444327712

ISBN-13: 9781444327717

ISBN-10: 1444334867

ISBN-13: 9781444334869

Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone presents a suite of intellectually stimulating new essays that handle the philosophical matters on the subject of chance, ethics, and different facets of mountain climbing which are of curiosity to every person from beginner climbers to professional mountaineers.

  • Represents the 1st selection of essays to solely deal with the various philosophical features of hiking
  • Includes essays that problem mostly accredited perspectives of mountain climbing and mountain climbing ethics
  • Written accessibly, this booklet will attract every person from beginner climbers to pro mountaineers
  • Includes a foreword written by means of Hans Florine
  • Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, 2010

Chapter 1 mountaineering and the Stoic notion of Freedom (pages 11–23): Kevin Krein
Chapter 2 danger and present (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 hiking and the price of Self?Sufficiency (pages 93–105): Philip A. Ebert and Simon Robertson
Chapter eight It Ain't speedy nutrients (pages 106–116): Ben Levey
Chapter nine Zen and the artwork of mountaineering (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 unfastened Soloing (pages 158–168): Marcus Agnafors
Chapter thirteen Making Mountains out of lots (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 hiking Grade besides? (pages 206–217): Richard G. Graziano
Chapter 17 the wonderful thing about a Climb (pages 218–229): Gunnar Karlsen

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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.

Like the early Stoics, Epictetus held that true freedom means being able to do what one wants to do. He also pointed out that there are some things that are always in our control, namely, our own mental states and our attempts to do things. indd 20 KEVIN KREIN 5/20/2010 2:28:50 AM this and limit our desires to those things that are within our power, we can be free. As Epictetus put it: Some things are under our control, while others are not under our control. Under our control are conception, choice, desire, aversion, and, in a word, everything that is our own doing .

When painful events transpire – like Charlie’s accident – we are reminded that we aren’t joking around with this. To fail to take the ethical dimension of climbing seriously is disrespectful and belittles ourselves and other climbers. The decision to climb is not one to take lightly. Climbing is illustrative of the ethical decision-making that we are forced to undertake in all arenas of our lives. In this essay I look at how this decision-making functions, with the aim of helping all of us – climbers and non-climbers alike – become more thoughtful in our ethical reasoning throughout our lives.

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