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Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy

Towards a Sustainable Philosophy of Endurance Sport

Cycling for Life

Authors: Welters, Ron

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  • The first book to cover the field of endurance sport and sustainability from a combined analytic-continental perspective
  • Aimed at a wide audience including policy makers, sport scientists and environmental philosophers
  • Builds on a unique perspective of continental philosophical tradition but also "ecosophy" and American pragmatism
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About this book

This book provides new perspectives on endurance sport and how it contributes to a  good and sustainable life in times of climate change, ecological disruption and inconvenient truths. It builds on a continental philosophical tradition, i.e. the philosophy of among others Peter Sloterdijk,  but also on “ecosophy” and American pragmatism to explore the idea of sport as a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles. Since ancient times, human beings have been involved in practices of the Self in order to work on themselves and improve themselves, for instance by strengthening their physical condition and performance through sport. In the contemporary world, millions of individuals engage in endurance sports such as running, swimming and cycling, to get or keep themselves in shape. This study focuses on the ethical dimension of long-distance sport, notably cycling, as a way to become better citizens, but also to contribute to a more sustainable society and healthier planet. Dominant world-views are challenged and an alternative vision is presented. Discourse analysis and conceptual analysis are combined with phenomenology and self-observations of a dedicated practitioner of endurance sport. This book is a great source for philosophers, sport philosophers, environmental philosophers, sport scientists,  policy makers, sport journalists, and endurance sport practitioners.

About the authors

Ron Welters (1962) is a researcher at the Philosophy and Science Studies department of the Institute for Science in Society of Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is a non-delegate member of the executive board of the European Association for the Philosophy of Sport. He taught courses in the Philosophy of Sport, Food Ethics, Ethos of Science, Scientific Writing, Science & Media and Effective Communication in Biomedical Research. In the autumn of 2018 he defended his Phd-thesis entitled Cycling for Life.

Our planet is inhabited by humans  who are  relentlessly training themselves and optimising their condition. This may seem self-focussed, but it may as well have a broader scope: we train ourselves to become better citizens or to contribute to a just and sustainable society. The concept of training can assume many shapes. This monograph focuses on one particular dimension, namely endurance sport. The phenomenon of cycling has brought endurance sport within reach of the masses. The question is, how can cycling as an endurance sport contribute not only to self-knowledge, but also to self-improvement (on the individual level) and to sustainability (on the societal level)?

Ron Welters is a dedicated long distance cyclist and runner who aims to practice what he preaches: exploring physical challenges along the vertical axis of human existence and living a sustainable life.

‘For me, cycling represents a return to the primal human of the savannahs, who during a hunt spends the entire day running, and is constantly high in the process.’ (Peter Sloterdijk).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 63,06 €
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 77,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-05293-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Towards a Sustainable Philosophy of Endurance Sport
Book Subtitle
Cycling for Life
Authors
Series Title
Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
Series Volume
37
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05294-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05294-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05293-5
Series ISSN
1387-6678
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 195
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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