Towards a Sustainable Philosophy of Endurance Sport

Cycling for Life

  • Ron Welters

Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 37)

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.


sport philosophy endurance sport environmental ethics philosophy of the body human enhancement endurance and sustainable cycling sustainable cycling perfection of the self ecosophical endurance continentalism and pragmatism sport and environment metabletics of spinal sport hermeneutical cycles

Authors and affiliations

  • Ron Welters
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Science in Society, Faculty of ScienceRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05293-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05294-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6678
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0323
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