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Sailing - Philosophy For Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

Fritz Allhoff (Series Editor), Patrick Goold (Editor), John Rousmaniere (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-1-118-33640-3
224 pages
May 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume reveals the wisdom we can learn from sailing, a sport that pits human skills against the elements, tests the mettle and is a rich source of valuable lessons in life.

  • Unravels the philosophical mysteries behind one of the oldest organized human activities
  • Features contributions from philosophers and academics as well as from sailors themselves
  • Enriches appreciation of the sport by probing its meaning and value
  • Brings to life the many applications of philosophy to sailing and the profound lessons it can teach us
  • A thought-provoking read for sailors and philosophers alike

 

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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 OF PERPETUAL UNDULATION 1

1 Ships of Wood and Men of Iron: Voyaging the Old-Fashioned Way 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 Fun 23
Crista Lebens

4 Solo Sailing as Spiritual Practice: A Phenomenology of Mastery and Failure at Sea 36
Richard Hutch

PART 2 THE MEANING OF THE BOAT THREE SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT 47

5 Buddha’s Boat: The Practice of Zen in Sailing 49
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 the Shadow of Heraclitus 72
Steven Horrobin

PART 3 BEAUTY AND OTHER AESTHETIC ASPECTS OF THE SAILING EXPERIENCE 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
Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, Luísa Gagliardini Graça, and José Ángel Jáuregui-Olaiz

11 Navigating What Is Valuable and Steering a Course in Pursuit of Happiness 122
Jesse Steinberg and Michael Stuckart

PART 4 PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL SAILOR 133

12 Do You Have to Be (an) Einstein to Understand Sailing? 135
Sebastian Kuhn

13 Paradoxes of Sailing: The Physics of Sailing and the Import of Thought Experiments 148
John D. Norton

14 The Necessity of Sailing: Of Gods, Fate, and the Sea 164
Tamar M. Rudavsky and Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody

15 The Channel: An Old Drama by Which the Soul of a Healthy Man is Kept Alive 176
Hilaire Belloc

Notes on Contributors 180

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Editor
Patrick Goold is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Wesleyan College. His current research focuses on defining rationality. He is co-editor with Steven Emmanuel of the Blackwell anthology Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Nietzsche. Patrick is passionate about sailing, and, in addition to maintaining a small daysailer and a cruising boat of his own, frequently crews on the boats of others. The bays and sounds of Virginia and North Carolina are his home waters but he has sailed the length of the East Coast of the United States from Hilton Head to Long Island Sound, made a Bermuda crossing, done club racing in Brittany, and cruised in the Lesser Antilles.

Series Editor
Fritz Allhoff is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy department at Western Michigan University, as well as a senior research fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. In addition to editing the Philosophy for Everyone series, he is also the volume editor or co-editor for several titles, including Wine and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey and Philosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food and Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007) His academic research interests engage various facets of applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history and philosophy of science.

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“I highly recommend the wisdom filled and engaging book Sailing - Philosophy For Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail edited by Patrick Goold, to any students who study philosophy, students of any disciplines, practicing sailors, or anyone interested in the great and timeless questions posed by philosophy since the beginning of time. This book is one that you will return to for inspiration, wisdom, and solace again and again.”  (Blog Business World, 2 February 2013) 

“I highly recommend the wisdom filled and engaging book Sailing - Philosophy For Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sailedited by Patrick Goold, to any students who study philosophy, students of any disciplines, practicing sailors, or anyone interested in the great and timeless questions posed by philosophy since the beginning of time. This book is one that you will return to for inspiration, wisdom, and solace again and again.”  (MoneyTalks,
3 February 2013)

“Edited by a professor of philosophy and with a (very good) foreword by yachting writer John Rousmaniere, this essay collection probes why we sail and what we can learn from it.”  (Classic Boat,  1 October 2012)

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