Independence and Fitness
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
1M ago
As Alasdair MacIntyre famously said, human beings are dependent rational animals. The "dependent" part is significant. We often fail to see how dependent we are on basic things like food, water, oxygen, social structure, etc. We often crave independence from certain things, but the truth is that at a very deep and fundamental humans are dependent beings. In this episode, where we focus on independence, James and Robby discuss the concept of independence and its relationship with fitness. They ask and attempt to answer the following questions -what is independence? -how much independence are we ..read more
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Dependence and Fitness
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
1M ago
As Alasdair MacIntyre famously said, human beings are dependent rational animals. The "dependent" part is significant. We often fail to see how dependent we are on basic things like food, water, oxygen, social structure, etc. We often crave independence from certain things, but the truth is that at a very deep and fundamental humans are dependent beings. In this episode James and Robby discuss the concept of dependence and its relationship with fitness. They ask and attempt to answer the following questions -what is dependence? -is being dependent good, bad, or morally neutral? Does it depend ..read more
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Defenders of the Faith and Fitness
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
2M ago
In this episode, James and Robby explore the connection between the philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre, and more specifically his book "After Virtue", and its connection with fitness. In his book "After Virtue" MacIntyre asks us to imagine there was some sort of catastrophe by which all of our scientific knowledge came to be destroyed. Eventually enlightened people try to restore that knowledge but all they have are fragments of the past. For example they know objects near the surface of the Earth fall at 9.8m/s2 but they don’t know the why behind it (gravity) MacIntyre argues that we are in exa ..read more
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Social Reality and Fitness-(Episode LX)
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
3M ago
Most people would agree that things like rocks, tables, chairs, the sun, and oceans are all real. By real here, we mean something like: these things would exist even if humans didn't exist. But what about social reality? What about things that depend on humanity for their existence and yet have real power and influence? Here are some examples -Money -The presidency of the United States -Laws -The existence of nation states Take money for example. There's no inherent value or meaning to green pieces of paper (at least in the US) outside the meaning and value that humans have made up. And yet, t ..read more
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Reality and Fitness
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
3M ago
Reality is one of the central concepts in philosophy. In fact, one of the most fundamental questions in philosophy is, "What is real?". Philosophers are very frequently trying to distinguish appearance from reality. Fitness provides one of the most direct forms of access to the external world/reality in terms of directly sensing the world around us. Fitness can also provide a direct "reality-check" to what we believe to be true about of ourselves in terms of our physical capabilities. That "reality-check" can serve as an inspiration to get better. In this episode James and Robby ask, and attem ..read more
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Habit and Fitness
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
4M ago
Habits are central to both philosophy and fitness. As far back as the Ancient Greeks, Aristotle famously said "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle in this particular case is talking about virtue, but the point applies equally well to other parts of life, especially health and fitness. One could argue that habits are the central determining factor in success in health and fitness. Here's an example to illustrate the point. Take two people one of whom grew up in a home based on ancestral principles and habits of sleeping at the right times, e ..read more
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Ease, Difficulty, and Fitness
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
4M ago
Most of our life, technology, and progress is centered around the idea of making life easier. Think about things like Door Dash, sleeping pills, and self-driving cars. But a central question that comes up is: Is an easier life necessarily a better life? It seems that as humans we're hard-wired to need some difficulty, challenge, or struggle to live a full and meaningful life. In this episode James and Robby discuss the extent to which ease and difficulty play a role in fitness and our lives in general. They ask and attempt to answer questions like: -In a world where things have become so "easy ..read more
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Beauty and Fitness
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
5M ago
Beauty in philosophy is considered one of the ultimately values like justice, truth, knowledge, and goodness. One of the central goals of most people in engaging in fitness is to look better, or to cultivate physical beauty. In this episode James and Robby ask and give their answer the following questions What makes beauty worth pursuing? Is beauty just "appearance" that hides a deeper "reality" Is beauty in the eye of the beholder (subjective) or out there in the world? (objective) How does the modern fitness industry influence standards of beauty? How closely are physical fitness, evolution ..read more
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Legacy and Fitness
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
6M ago
What is a legacy? At the most basic level it's what we leave to future generations of people. When it comes to a legacy with regard to fitness, the question becomes: What do we owe the future when it comes to the world of fitness and health that we give to future generations? In this podcast, James and Robby ask and attempt to answer the following questions. -Is all we should be doing in fitness and health studying the legacy of our ancestors? -Are our current health and fitness practices tarnishing the legacy of our ancestors? -How is our own personal legacy determined? Is the last things we ..read more
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AI and Fitness Part 2
Fitness in Philosophy
by James Fitzgerald and Robby Gustin
7M ago
Since the release of ChapterGPT in late 2022, interest and discussion around Artificial Intelligence has exploded. Why? There are so many societal and ethical implications around the development of AI such as: -Will it lead to the end of all work? -How can we tell appearance from reality when AI is getting so good at mimicking reality? -Is AI essentially stealing the work of genuine creatives without any credit or attribution? In part 2 of the discussion we ask and attempt to answer the following questions. -Will AI entirely replace fitness coaches? If so, what are the implications of this? -A ..read more
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