Swimming and skiing: Two modes of existential consciousness

Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 4 (1):42 – 51 (2010)
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The philosophical argument between Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus can be summarised in their conflicting accounts of skiing and swimming. For Sartre skiing exemplifies the struggle of existence and the angst of the alienated ego. For Camus, swimming represents some glimmering of collective harmony, the possibility of transcendence. Sartre's thinking is inflected by quantum theory and the 'steady state', whereas Camus is more of a wave theorist, with a lingering nostalgia for the 'primeval atom' and a fondness for peak experiences. Put together their separate ways of analysing consciousness suggest a two-phase account of cognition



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Andrew Martin
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