First Steps

  • Thomas F. Carter


This essay introduces the basis of the book by resituating how we should think about running. Running is both a natural and learned form of locomotion. It is a form of enskilled movement that we learn at a very young age. Learning how to move and how to sense those movements are crucial elements to the emergence of the human mind. Thus, running is so much more than a lifestyle sport mostly enjoyed by the white middle classes based on the value of endurance. Rather, our first running steps facilitate the emergence of the human mind and thus one of the ways we become human beings. This introductory essay then lays the groundwork for the three entangled essays that comprise the whole of this book and mirrors the dynamic of mind, environs and body that leads to our becoming human.


Running Enskilled movement Learning Becoming Being 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas F. Carter
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BrightonEastbourneUK

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