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Krein Gives Keynote at Summer Conference

"The goal of nature sports such as skiing and surfing is not to experience an ecological or spiritual connection with nature but to interact with nature in a specific way dictated by the sport itself."

Photo of Kevin taken in Japan

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Academic Director of Outdoor Studies Kevin Krein gave a keynote presentation at the “Sport and the Environment: Philosophical Dimensions” conference June 22-25 2011 at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish Nova Scotia, Canada. The conference was sponsored by the North American Association for the Philosophy of Sport. Krein attended the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport conference in Rome, Italy in 2010.

Krein’s talk, “Nature, Sport and Wilderness Experience” is based on his thesis that the goal of nature sports such as skiing and surfing is not to experience an ecological or spiritual connection with nature but to interact with nature in a specific way dictated by the sport itself. “Wilderness experiences are primarily about experiencing nature, while nature sports are about particular kinds of skillful interaction with features of the natural world,” Krein writes. “You’re playing a game with the natural world,” he said.

 
 

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