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

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ISBN-13: 978-1118336465
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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)

"Sailing, moving from one place to another either for discovery or for economic survival reason must be the earliest mode of transport know to mankind that invloved technology i.e a boat and a sail."(Existential Analysis, January 2015)

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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.


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  • File Size: 1605 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BW09XW
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By John E. Harris on January 31, 2013
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One of the many titles available in the Wiley-Blackwell Philosophy for Everyone series, Sailing: Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail offers philosophers real world application of philosophical principles and invites sailors to critically reflect on their sailing experience. If you are a philosopher and want to learn about sailing, you could do better by taking a sailing class or reading an instructional book. If you sail and either have a philosophical bent or want a little help reflecting on your sailing experiences, this is the best book I know of.

I am both an amateur philosopher, having taught Introduction to Philosophy as Adjunct Faculty based on my M.Div., and an amateur cruiser, having completed ASA 101, 103 and owning and sailing a C&C 24 on New York's Jamaica Bay. As a sailor and a philosopher, I loved most of this book.

The fifteen chapters, divided into four parts, are written by either philosophers who sail or sailors who have critically reflected on sailing. In Part 1, PASSING THROUGH PAIN AND FEAR IN THE PLACE OF PERPETUAL UNDULATION, Jack Stillwaggon considers the Certo ergo sum dimension of sailing. Gary Jobson provides a racer's point of view. Crista Lebens draws primarily on Aristotle's "eudaimonia" and phronesis to reflect on a typical day sailing. In my favorite chapter, Richard Hutch applies Rudolf Otto's idea of mysterium tremendum to ponder the spiritual dimension of sailing.

In Part 2, THE MEANING OF THE BOAT - THREE SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT, James Whitehill offers a reflection from a Zen point of view. Gregory and Tod Basham's chapter on The Stoic Sailor was my fourth favorite chapter. I highlighted more text in it than any other chapter except one.
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Which means I'm both more biased and more well-read. There are a lot of great books on this subject. For more of this kind of great read, keep searching and more importantly, keep sailing.

Live slow, Sail fast.
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This is a very interesting collection of essays by a variety of Sailors. Emphasis is well-placed on the Why We Sail.
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Just perfect, thanks.
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Good read while waiting for the weather to break so that I can start the spring work on the boat. A bit dense at times but the chapter on Stoicism and the Chicago to Mackinw race are worth the book.
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