Surfing With Sartre

Surfing With Sartre

An Aquatic Inquiry Into A Life of Meaning

Book - 2017 | First Edition
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"The existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once declared that 'water skiing is the ideal limit of aquatic sports.' The avid surfer and lavishly credentialed academic philosopher Aaron James vigorously disagrees, and in Surfing with Sartre he expounds the thinking surfer's view of the matter, elucidating such philosophical categories as freedom, being, flow, phenomenology, morality, epistemology, and even the emerging values of what he terms 'leisure capitalism.' In developing his unique surfer-philosophical worldview, he draws from his own experience of surfing and from surf culture and lingo and engages with philosophers from Aristotle to Wittgenstein, noting many relevant details from their lives. In the process, he speaks to readers in search of personal and social meaning in our current anxious moment by way of doing real, authentic philosophy. In or out of the water."--Jacket.
A philosopher and avid surfer discusses his ideas about freedom, being, phenomenology, morality, epistemology, and the values of "leisure capitalism."
Publisher: New York : Doubleday Books, 2017
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 0385540736 (hardcover)
9780385540735 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 201.679732 JAM
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 22 cm


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(said in the voice of John Wayne): " well, I've read me some Sartre, and I've water skied, but I've never caught what you call the perfect wave, and I wasted away the latter part of my life in a bar in Newport Beach, and I never heard a shot fired in anger, but I sure looked good making an Oscar appearance a few months before I passed away from cancer likely caused by nuclear radiation tests in Nevada when I was making that movie with Susan Hayward. Now that kid Glen Campbell is up here with me. We're the most hell raisingest galoots they've got up here, so....." "Competition is supposed to bring out the best in the competitors, which it certainly does. But it can also draw forth less savory motives, much as Rousseau explained. It is a way of comparing ourselves with others, and thus is a source of strife, vice, and unhappiness, and indeed much if not all of civilization's discontents." "Eugen Herrigel ( a book I wish we had of 71 copies) 's ZEN AND THE ART OF ARCHERY." "Surfing doesn't require the acceptance of rules that pose unnecessary obstacles to hydro-locomotion which are then to be overcome. It therefore isn't a game."


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