Despite the geometric expansion of tourism knowledge, some areas have remained stubbornly underdeveloped and a full or comprehensive consideration of the philosophical issues of tourism represents one such significant knowledge gap. A key aim of this book therefore is to provide an initial mapping of, and fresh insights into this territory. In doing so it discusses key philosophical questions in the field such as What is tourism? Who is a tourist? What is wisdom? What is it to know something? What is the nature of reality? Why are some destinations considered beautiful? Why is tourism desirable? What is good and bad tourism? What are desirable ends? These and similar topics are addressed this book under the headings of truth, beauty and virtue.
John Tribe is Professor of Tourism at the University of Surrey, UK. He is Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Tourism Research and Co-Chair of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Education and Science Council. Previous works in this field include The Art of Tourism, The Truth about Tourism, The Philosophic Practitioner, The Indiscipline of Tourism, Education for Responsible Tourism Action, The Concept of Tourism and Tourism: a critical business.
Introduction 1. Philosophical Issues in Tourism - John Tribe Truth: Reality, Knowledge, and Disciplines 2. Who is a Tourist? Conceptual and theoretical developments - Scott McCabe 3. What is Tourism? Definitions, theoretical phases and principles - Alexandre Netto 4. Epistemology, Ontology and Tourism - Maureen Ayikoru 5. Post-disciplinary Tourism - Tim Coles, Michael Hall and David Duval 6. The End of Tourism? Nomadology and the mobilities paradigm - Kevin Hannam Beauty: Well-being, Aesthetics and Art 7. Tourism and Restoration - Balvinder Kaur Kler 8. Aesthetic Pleasures: Contemplating spiritual tourism - Shalini Singh and Tej Vir Singh 9. Nature, Beauty and Tourism - Cain Todd 10. Tourism and the Aesthetics of the Built Environment - Robert Maitland and Andrew Smith 11. Tourism and the Arts - Brian Wheeller Virtue: Ethics, Values and The Good Life 12. Ethics and Tourism - David Fennell 13. Good Actions in Tourism - Tazim Jamal and Chris Menzel 14. Against `Ethical Tourism' - Jim Butcher 15. Development and its Discontents: Ego-tripping without ethics or idea(l)s? - Mick Smith 16. Trans-modernity: remaking our (tourism) world? - Irena Ateljevic