On January 9th 2021, We published a fun post titled Ask Carrot. Essentially it was just Carrot responding to questions from our readers. But one question went unanswered.
“What is the meaning of Climbing?”
Carrot responded: “I’ll make a deal with you, if you give me a little time to think about this, I’ll provide a much better answer than one I could provide here.”
This Podcast episode is our response to that question.
We were lucky enough to speak with four of the leading scholastic climbing commentators in the world on “The Meaning of Climbing”
Joining us were philosophers Dr. Bill Ramsey from UNLV, Dr. Stephen Downes from The University of Utah, and Dr. C. Thi Nguyen from The University of Utah. Along with political scientist Dr. Debbie Halbert from UH Mānoa.
In addition to extensive publications in their respective fields, Ramsey, Downes, and Halbert each contributed to the Climbing anthology Climbing: Philosophy for Everyone. Thi Nguyen’s book Games: Agency as Art along with a piece he published in The Philosopher’s Magazine titled: The Aesthetics of Rock Climbing are must reads. Thi also hosts a spectacular blog titled Objectionable which is absolutely worth a deep dive.
As a philosophy professor, I may be biased, BUT this was my favorite theDIHEDRAL Podcast to date. After our chat, all I wanted to do was climb and think about climbing. I was in a daze analyzing the meaning of climbing and the meaning of meaning. The conversation was so natural among this group of experts, and I am so happy to have the opportunity to share the discussion with you.
I hope you will enjoy listening in as much as I did, and of course this talk couldn’t have happened without our delightful and engaging guests.
A huge THANK YOU for the time, effort, and honesty from Bill, Debbie, Steve, and Thi.
We also want to thank you for listening/watching the show. You can find the interview on theDIHEDRAL Podcast Here, on YouTube Here, and listed on most podcasting platforms including Apple, Spotify, and Amazon.
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