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.