Socrates the Rower: How Rowing Informs Philosophy

The shirtless guy is slapping an aluminum baseball bat in his palm, threatening to brain me because I have a dog in the back of my truck and his sign clearly says that they don’t allow no dogs, no how at his fleabag motel. When I say she can stay in the truck, he replies: “She’s still a dog, ain’t she?” and thereby absolutely nails the essence of ontology. As we peel out to avoid being smacked, my wife flips him a single digit gesture—a perfect example of what the Supreme Court calls “pure speech.” Philosophy isn’t so hard, after all.

Philosophy is about everything: how we know what we know, how we define our place in the universe, what we believe and how we judge truth, beauty, and justice. Ethics, in particular is about the good life and how we learn to be happy. But all of this is just words on a page unless we can actually use it in our lives and that is where rowing comes in. Rowing, and especially competitive rowing, teaches us about teamwork, community, courage, steadfastness, and a host of other qualities that have been the subject of philosophical musing for all of recorded history.

What this book does is make philosophy useful by tying it to physical activity. Our minds and our bodies have lessons to teach to each other and the successful athlete as well as the successful scholar learn these lessons through sweat, pain, and ultimately, inspiration.

Life in the Real World: How to Make Music Graduates Employable

An essential resource for helping musicians realize their dreams of success, Life in the Real World is the only music career guide offering a truly international perspective. With the linking theme of exploring one’s professional identity, the book explores crucial issues for global musicians and provides 35 creative learning prompts for educators, coaches, and readers worldwide for use with both individuals and groups.

The Interwoven World: Ideas and Encounters in History

The main objective of this book is to raise the reader’s awareness and consciousness regarding both the universalism and transfers of knowledge across societies and cultures. Cultural transmission often is not merely a copying process, but rather a reconstructive process in which cognitive biases play an important role. A major bias that inhibits accurate transmission is the tendency for people to arrive at different inferences regarding concepts and operations with them.

Most books deal with ideas and specialised knowledge in a particular discipline; in contrast, we have selected four different areas of knowledge: Eurocentrism, Patterns of Cultural Encounters, Colonialism and its Aftermath, and Westernisation and its Fruits. The study of these areas helps us to understand the making of the modern world. We have invited more than twenty scholars of varied backgrounds to write in an easily accessible style on a particular theme in one of the four areas. Additionally there is a selection of even shorter sidebars in every area, providing further information and understanding. The brevity of essays and sidebars is meant to encourage those readers who may find reading longer chapters onerous and difficult to comprehend.

No book of this nature is available today that combines a global, historical perspective with a non-technical discussion of a whole range of ideas from different disciplines, a diverse mix which describes the challenges of the 21st century; indeed a set of interwoven encounters between civilizations that perplex and at the same time illuminate our age.