Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium

Rockford University is hosting the Third Annual Sports Studies Symposium on April 25, 2014 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm CT in the Grace Roper Lounge, Burpee Center, Rockford University, Rockford, IL. The conference is free to attend and light refreshments will be served.

The topic is Defining Sport and the symposium features papers focused on issues ranging from skateboarding to NASCAR to the intersection of sport and culture. For more information about the symposium, please visit The Sports Ethicist.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Philosophy of Sport Books

See the link below for a collection of books in the philosophy of sport on Amazon.

This is a list of academic works in the philosophy of sport. It is by no means complete, but is intended as an initial point of reference for some of the work done in this field. Some of these books are anthologies of previous journal articles, some are edited anthologies with unique works, and others are authored monographs. I will continue to add to the list as time permits.

Here is the link:
Philosophy of Sport

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Public Philosophy of Sport

There is a growing body of work in the area of public philosophy of sport, that is, of writings that are philosophical in nature but intended to be accessible to those who are not scholars. Several of the popular philosophy series include volumes dedicated to sport (see list below).

There is also a series of blog posts in progress over at The Football Scholars Forum on the intersection and collaboration of academics and journalists who write about soccer. Here are the links to the first 2 posts in the series:
I would add that the insights and examples of public philosophy of sport are instructive for any academic who is interested in writing for a popular audience. From my own experience, it can be rewarding and frustrating, and I've made some mistakes along the way in my own efforts, but it means a lot when readers take the time to contact you and say they appreciate or were even deeply impacted by your work. For this and many other reasons, there is value in taking some time to do some public philosophy.

Public Philosophy of Sport Books:
If your are aware of more books that qualify as public philosophy of sport, please add that information in the comments. Thanks.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Conference: Soccer as the Beautiful Game

and the
An International Conference

Soccer as the Beautiful Game:
Football's Artistry, Identity and Politics

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
April 10, 11, 12, 13, 2014

In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Hofstra University is proud to host an international conference that explores the historical, political, economic and humanitarian impact of soccer – including the awarding of an honorary degree to soccer legend Pelé. Over the past 20 years, the study of sport has become a well-developed subfield of many disciplines. Soccer's meteoric rise in popularity during the 20th century continues to fascinate scholars around the world.

For more details, go here: http://www.hofstra.edu/Community/culctr/culctr_events_soccer_conf.html

More on Diving in Soccer

Cesar Torres, editor of the recently published Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport, has a very nice piece on diving in soccer, from a few years back, which is well worth the read. Here's an excerpt:

"It is logically contradictory to simultaneously accept the rules of soccer and to circumvent them when opportunities arise. Strictly speaking, this is the case with of all forms of cheating: intentionally breaking the rules surreptitiously to gain an advantage that would not probably be obtained otherwise. Divers, then, excuse themselves from following the rules and treat opponents simply as means to their own ends while avoiding the game’s core objective."