Sailing: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

Sailing: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

Paperback Philosophy for Everyone

Edited by Patrick Goold, Series edited by Fritz Allhoff, Foreword by John Rousmaniere

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 16mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 10 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470671858
  • ISBN 13: 9780470671856
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 231,453

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This volume reveals the wisdom we can learn from sailing, a sportthat pits human skills against the elements, tests the mettle andis a rich source of valuable lessons in life. * Unravels the philosophical mysteries behind one of the oldestorganized human activities * Features contributions from philosophers and academics as wellas from sailors themselves * Enriches appreciation of the sport by probing its meaning andvalue * Brings to life the many applications of philosophy to sailingand the profound lessons it can teach us * A thought-provoking read for sailors and philosophersalike

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Editor Patrick Goold is Associate Professor of Philosophy atVirginia Wesleyan College. His current research focuses on definingrationality. He is co-editor with Steven Emmanuel of the Blackwellanthology Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Nietzsche.Patrick is passionate about sailing, and, in addition tomaintaining a small daysailer and a cruising boat of his own,frequently crews on the boats of others. The bays and sounds ofVirginia and North Carolina are his home waters but he has sailedthe length of the East Coast of the United States from Hilton Headto Long Island Sound, made a Bermuda crossing, done club racing inBrittany, and cruised in the Lesser Antilles. Series Editor Fritz Allhoff is an Associate Professor in the Philosophydepartment at Western Michigan University, as well as a seniorresearch fellow at the Australian National University sCentre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. In additionto editing the Philosophy for Everyone series, he is alsothe volume editor or co-editor for several titles, includingWine and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey andPhilosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food andPhilosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell,2007). His academic research interests engage variousfacets of applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history andphilosophy of science.

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I highly recommend the wisdom filled and engaging book Sailing- Philosophy For Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why WeSail edited by Patrick Goold, to any students who studyphilosophy, students of any disciplines, practicing sailors, oranyone interested in the great and timeless questions posed byphilosophy since the beginning of time. This book is one that youwill return to for inspiration, wisdom, and solace again andagain. ( Blog Business World , 2 February2013) I highly recommend the wisdom filled and engaging book Sailing- Philosophy For Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why WeSail edited by Patrick Goold, to any students who studyphilosophy, students of any disciplines, practicing sailors, oranyone interested in the great and timeless questions posed byphilosophy since the beginning of time. This book is one that youwill return to for inspiration, wisdom, and solace again andagain. ( MoneyTalks , 3 February 2013) Edited by a professor of philosophy and with a (verygood) foreword by yachting writer John Rousmaniere, this essaycollection probes why we sail and what we can learn fromit. ( Classic Boat , 1 October2012)

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This revealing collection of essays probes the philosophical mysteries of sailing, looking for the wisdom we can glean from this ancient craft. It digs more deeply into the meaning and value of the sport than do how-to books or travel/adventure accounts. Contributors include philosophers, academics from other disciplines, and others intimately involved in the sport. All share an abiding interest in sailing and the belief that it teaches profound life lessons to those who sail. They articulate the intense engagement people have with sailing craft and with the many different forms that sailing takes. This book will enhance sailors' appreciation, and enrich their experience, of the sport. At the same time, philosophers will discover thought-provoking examples of the way that philosophical reflection comes to life when it is applied to the concrete activities to which people commit themselves.

Table of contents

Foreword: The Craft and the Mystery viii John Rousmaniere The Philosophical Sailor: An Introduction to Sailing Philosophy for Everyone xiv Patrick Goold Acknowledgments xxiii PART 1 PASSING THROUGH PAIN AND FEAR IN THE PLACE OFPERPETUAL UNDULATION 1 1 Ships of Wood and Men of Iron: Voyaging the Old-FashionedWay and Seeking Meaning in Adversity 3 Jack Stillwaggon 2 Winning Philosophy: Developing Patience, Inner Strength,and an Eye for the Good Lanes 12 Gary Jobson 3 "Hard a' Lee": Why the Work of Sailing Can Be Great Fun23 Crista Lebens 4 Solo Sailing as Spiritual Practice: A Phenomenology ofMastery and Failure at Sea 36 Richard Hutch PART 2 THE MEANING OF THE BOAT THREE SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT47 5 Buddha s Boat: The Practice of Zen in Sailing49 James Whitehill 6 Freedom of the Seas: The Stoic Sailor 61 Gregory Bassham and Tod Bassham 7 Sailors of the Third Kind: Sailing and Self-Becoming in theShadow of Heraclitus 72 Steven Horrobin PART 3 BEAUTY AND OTHER AESTHETIC ASPECTS OF THE SAILINGEXPERIENCE 83 8 What the Race to Mackinac Means 85 Nicholas Hayes 9 Sailing, Flow, and Fulfillment 96 Steve Matthews 10 On the Crest of the Wave: The Sublime, Tempestuous,Graceful, and Existential Facets of Sailing 109 Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza, Luisa GagliardiniGraca, and Jose Angel Jauregui-Olaiz 11 Navigating What Is Valuable and Steering a Course in Pursuitof Happiness 122 Jesse Steinberg and Michael Stuckart PART 4 PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL SAILOR133 12 Do You Have to Be (an) Einstein to Understand Sailing?135 Sebastian Kuhn 13 Paradoxes of Sailing: The Physics of Sailing and theImport of Thought Experiments 148 John D. Norton 14 The Necessity of Sailing: Of Gods, Fate, and the Sea164 Tamar M. Rudavsky and Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody 15 The Channel: An Old Drama by Which the Soul of a HealthyMan is Kept Alive 176 Hilaire Belloc Notes on Contributors 180