6. Freedom of the Seas

The Stoic Sailor

  1. Fritz Allhoff
  1. Gregory Bassham1 and
  2. Tod Bassham2

Published Online: 11 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch6

Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

How to Cite

Bassham, G. and Bassham, T. (2012) Freedom of the Seas, in Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail (ed F. Allhoff), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    King's College, Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    Portland, Oregon, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 JUL 2012

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Patrick Goold

Series Editor Information

  1. Virginia Wesleyan College, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671856

Online ISBN: 9781118336465

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Keywords:

  • freedom of the seas, the Stoic sailor;
  • sailing, perceived autonomy to the elemental beyond one's control;
  • the art of seamanship, residing in a clear-eyed grasp of agency;
  • philosophy, for the ancient Stoics, not as theoretical or speculative;
  • the Stoics, “care of the soul” virtue, character as a primary concern;
  • life on board, a cheerful tolerance and emotional self-sufficiency;
  • sailing, a capacity teaching patience, in practicing Stoic virtues

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Cheerful Resignation

  • Self-Sufficiency

  • Murphy was an Optimist: Negative Visualization

  • Agency and Control

  • Fate, Freedom, and Sailing