Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning

Surfing with Sartre An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning From the bestselling author of Assholes A Theory a book that in the tradition of Shopclass as Soulcraft Barbarian Days and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance uses the experience and the ethos

  • Title: Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning
  • Author: Aaron James
  • ISBN: 9780385540735
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the bestselling author of Assholes A Theory, a book that in the tradition of Shopclass as Soulcraft, Barbarian Days and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance uses the experience and the ethos of surfing to explore key concepts in philosophy.The existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre once declared the ideal limit of aquatic sports is waterskiing ThFrom the bestselling author of Assholes A Theory, a book that in the tradition of Shopclass as Soulcraft, Barbarian Days and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance uses the experience and the ethos of surfing to explore key concepts in philosophy.The existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre once declared the ideal limit of aquatic sports is waterskiing The avid surfer and lavishly credentialed academic philosopher Aaron James vigorously disagrees, and in Surfing with Sartre he intends to expound the thinking surfer s view of the matter, in the process elucidating such philosophical categories as freedom, being, 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 includes many relevant details from the lives of the philosophers, from Aristotle to Wittgenstein, with whose thought he engages In the process, he ll speak to readers in search of personal and social meaning in our current anxious moment, by way of doing real, authentic philosophy.

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    1. "Surfers go along with the flow of a wave by intuitive sensing, by attuning to their surroundings with their whole bodiesThis turns out to be the highest expression of human perceptual capacity, the human's way of at once being and doing" As someone who, quite frankly, knows little to nothing about surfing, I still found this book interesting. And boy is it a surf-heavy read. The author makes plenty of lofty claims about the sport, even including that if more people surfed than worked 40 hours a [...]

    2. I enjoyed the first half of this book immensely. The part on Political Philosophy I did not enjoy so much. I agreed with the author on a number of points, particularly his rationale for changing course with respect to our political and economic policies on climate change, and I even agreed with him regarding a universal basic income to incentivize the pursuit of leisure activities to curb carbon emissions related to work.I think the book represents a beautiful synthesis of the author's major lif [...]

    3. themaineedge/adventureSome of the best works of pop philosophy are built around finding the connections between big thought systems and everyday tasks. Perhaps the most famous of these works blending the metaphysical and the mundane is Robert Pirsig’s 1974 bestseller “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” though there are plenty of other examples out there.But until now, none of them asked you to hang 10.Aaron James – best known for his brilliant 2012 book “A—holes: A Theory” [...]

    4. I was a little skeptical of this book at first, as I typically am with those that compare themselves to Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance on the inner sleeve. But James shows a broad understanding of the ideas of philosophers and the world in his writing. He doesn't simply accept all those ideas(which would be hard to do since the philosophy of ages isn't all compatible). What I like most is how the focus of this book is the most important and urgent question of all - How do we attune ou [...]

    5. "Everything has been figured out, except how to live." - Jean Paul Sartre.Lucky enough to be able to listen to this audiobook courtesy of PRHAudio and paired with Tofino Brewery's Tuff Session Ale with a great surfboard on the label!.First off let me say that if you surf you should listen to this book. I think the connection will be instant! For me, being landlocked in the prairies, I was more intrigued by the title and connection to Sartre. As an amateur student of philosophy and the idea of bu [...]

    6. Goodness, I wish I had been able to pay attention more through this book.My brother and my dad are both HUGE philosophy fans and they've each read tons of philosophy books. I appreciate their interest and the way it fuels interesting discussions, but I tend to read more straightforward books with clearer messages and more direct calls for action. Philosophy seems so vague and distant and unapplicable. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. While I often found it difficult to pay attention [...]

    7. I got into this one knowing some of it might be over my head. I'm not a surfer, nor do I live near anywhere surfing takes place (so haven't picked up on anything by osmosis). But I admire the surfing lifestyle in some ways, at least what I have heard about it. So I figured this might be an interesting read, because you don't really think about meaning and philosophy and surfing in the same thought process.I liked some of the ideas here, especially about working less, both for environmental reaso [...]

    8. If you know zero about philosophy like me, the concepts at the beginning of Surfing With Sartre might be mind boggling. But keep going. There are some gems in this book, gems about the value of surfing more and working less. No. I'm not joking. James unpacks the construct of the 40 hour week and proposes reducing that, which in turn will reduce our environmental impact and increase our happiness. Whether you knit, hang out with your kids, or surf in those extra twenty hours, how do you think you [...]

    9. As a caveat, I am neither a surfer nor do I consider myself an existentialist. Nevertheless, I found Aaron James work to be well written and logically argued. The premise of putting surfing in conversation with philosophy generally works. He organizes the book into sections on epistomology, metaphysics and political philosophy. The sections are somewhat uneven; and it becomes clear that James' is primarily invested in his arguments on political philosophy and the viability of leisure capitalism; [...]

    10. This is an excellent philosophical treatise, something we don't read often in our century. I am not a surfer, but being an avid cyclist, I could relate to most arguments. The only problem I had with this book is the author's insistence on defending capitalism. He makes many arguments against capitalism and greed, and praises many measures or theories that could be described as socialist, but in the end he refuses to outright criticize capitalism. Other than that this is a very enjoyable book.

    11. The premise of this book -- explaining a philosophical premise ("adaptive attunedness") through surfing -- may sound like a gimmick, but Surfing With Sartre is an often rigorous examination of philosophical ideas. I often found myself adrift in references to philosophers both ancient and modern. The joy of this book comes from the frequent juxtaposition of James's know.edge of philosophy with his stokedness at also being a surfer. Ultimately, his argument leads to the conclusion that we can save [...]

    12. I suppose enthusiasts of either surfing or existential philosophy may find this book entertaining. It does provide a novel setting for the babbling/pondering/ruminations. I'm not sure there is a whole lot of unique thought here that can't be found in a rather common-sense way. I'd prefer this book to be whittled down to 150 pages to alleviate the impatience that builds up in each of the nicely-designated chapters and sections.

    13. I think this is the most important and relevant #book of #philosophy that I have read so far this year. It is about so much more than #surfing or #Sartre. Aaron James tackles major philosophical issues from dealing with "flow" and mindfulness, to political and ethical issues in a world threatened by global climate disruption. The book is deep, yet readable. I highly recommend it.

    14. Surfing and philosophy interwoven in this insightful conversation that speaks to our world today, pick up this good read.My copy was the gift through First Reads.

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