Phenomenology and Extreme Sports in Natural Landscapes

Brymer, Eric & Schweitzer, Robert (2015) Phenomenology and Extreme Sports in Natural Landscapes. In Gammon, Sean & Elkington, Sam (Eds.) Landscapes of Leisure: Space, Place and Identities. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 135-146.

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Husserl reminded us of the imperative to return to the Lebensweldt, or life-world. He was preoccupied with the crisis of Western science which alienated the experiencing self from the world of immediate experience. Immediate experience provides a foundation for what it means to be human. Heidegger, building upon these ideas, foresaw a threat to human nature in the face of ‘technicity’. He argued for a return to a relationship between ‘authentic self’ and nature predicated upon the notion of ‘letting be’ in which humans are open to the mystery of being. Self and nature are not conceived as alienated entities but as aspects of a single entity. In modern times, separation between self and the world is further evidenced by scientific rational modes of being exemplified through consumerism and the incessant use of screen-based technology which dominate human experience. In contrast, extreme sports provide an opportunity for people to return to the life-world by living in relation to the natural world. Engagement in extreme sports enables a return to authenticity as we rediscover self as part of nature.

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ID Code: 84723
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Phenomenology, Extreme sport, Leisure, Sociology
ISBN: 9781137428523
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The authors
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2015 23:17
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 21:41

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