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Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind

Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind

Michael W. Austin (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-16797-0

Oct 2007, Wiley-Blackwell

240 pages

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A unique anthology of essays exploring the philosophical wisdom runners contemplate when out for a run. It features writings from some of America’s leading philosophers, including Martha Nussbaum, Charles Taliaferro, and J.P. Moreland.
  • A first-of-its-kind collection of essays exploring those gems of philosophical wisdom runners contemplate when out for a run
  • Topics considered include running and the philosophy of friendship; the freedom of the long distance runner; running as aesthetic experience, and “Could a Zombie Run a Marathon?”
  • Contributing essayists include philosophers with athletic experience at the collegiate level, philosophers whose pasttime is running, and one philosopher who began running to test the ideas in his essay

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Foreword (Amby Burfoot, Executive Editor, Runner’s World magazine, and 1968 Boston Marathon Champion).

Preface: Warming Up Before the Race.

Acknowledgments.

1. Long-Distance Running and the Will to Power (Raymond Angelo Belliotti, State University of New York at Fredonia).

2. Chasing Happiness Together: Running and the Philosophy of Friendship (Michael W. Austin, Eastern Kentucky University).

3. Running With the Seven Cs of Success (Gregory Bassham, King’s College, Pennsylvania).

4. The Phenomenology of Becoming a Runner (J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Hartwick College).

5. In Praise of the Jogger (Raymond J. VanArragon, Bethel University).

6. Running Religiously (Jeffrey P. Fry, Ball State University).

7. Hash Runners and Hellenistic Philosophers (Richard DeWitt, Fairfield University).

8. What Motivates an Early Morning Runner (Kevin Kinghorn, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford).

9. A Runner’s Pain (Chris Kelly, University of Maryland).

10. Performance-Enhancement and the Pursuit of Excellence (William P. Kabasenche, Washington State University).

11. The Freedom of the Long-Distance Runner (Heather L. Reid, Morningside College).

12. Existential Running (Ross C. Reed, Rhodes College).

13. Can We Experience Significance on a Treadmill? (Douglas R. Hochstetler, Penn State University, Lehigh Valley).

14. Running in Place or Running in Its Proper Place (J. P. Moreland, Biola University).

15. The Running Life: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Hunter-Gatherer (Sharon Kaye, John Carroll University).

16. John Dewey and the Beautiful Stride: Running as Aesthetic Experience (Christopher Martin, Institute of Education, University of London).

17. Where the Dark Feelings Hold Sway: Running to Music (Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago).

18. The Power of Passion on Heartbreak Hill (Michelle Maiese, Emmanuel College).

19. The Soul of the Runner (Charles Taliaferro and Rachel Traughber, St. Olaf College).

Index.

"With equal measures of scholarship and soul, the essays in Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind, edited by Michael W. Austin, touch on religion, pain, happiness, and other topics that are best explored on a long run. With a pack of philosophers." (Runner's World, November 2007)

"The contributors are runners who approach the subject of running and philosophy sympathetically…there is enough in [the book] to the get the inner dialogue started." (Orange Community News)


  • A first-of-its-kind collection of essays exploring those gems of philosophical wisdom runners contemplate when out for a run
  • Topics considered include running and the philosophy of friendship; the freedom of the long distance runner; running as aesthetic experience, and “Could a Zombie Run a Marathon?”
  • Contributing essayists include philosophers with athletic experience at the collegiate level, philosophers whose pasttime is running, and one philosopher who began running to test the ideas in his essay
  • Features writings from some of America’s leading philosophers, including Martha Nussbaum, Charles Taliaferro, and J.P. Moreland
    Includes a foreword by the editor of Runner’s World magazine