Thursday, January 11, 2018

Notice: Sport and the Politics of In/Equality

Readers might be interested in this Research Topic: 'Sport and the Politics of In/Equality' in the journal, Frontiers in Sociology.

It is open for submissions until April 27. More on the journal's Research Topics.

This topic is run by Andy Smith of Edghill University, and Elizabeth Pike of the University of Hertfordshire.

Monday, July 17, 2017

CFP: Special Issue on "Bernard Suits' Legacy: New Inspirations and Interpretations"

A Call for Papers for a special issue of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy is out. The topic: “Bernard Suits’ Legacy: New Inspirations and Interpretations.”

The editors of the special issue: Filip Kobiela, José Luis Pérez Triviño, and Francisco Javier López Frías

The special issue is dedicated to philosophical and moral questions related to Bernard Suit’s legacy.
  • Abstract submission deadline: October 30, 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: November 30, 2017
  • Full manuscript submission deadline: May 30, 2018
  • Publication: End of 2018/Early 2019
For more information and details, including possible topics and submission instructions:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Announcing: Examined Sport podcast

Some readers may have been familiar with my old Sports Ethics Show podcast. That podcast has been on hiatus for far too long. Instead of just starting that back up again, I am relaunching it with a new name, Examined Sport, and a new concept. You can read more about the new concept over at

The first episode is, logically, on Bernard Suits classic article: “What is a Game?” It will be released Tuesday, May 30. Episodes will follow every week or two after that.

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also watch each episode on The Sports Ethicist YouTube channel.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Book: Golf As Meaningful Play: A Philosophical Guide

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new book in the Studies in Philosophy of Sport series from Lexington Books:

Golf As Meaningful Play: A Philosophical Guide by W. Thomas Schmid.
Golf as Meaningful Play offers a philosophical introduction to golf as a sporting practice and source of personal meaning. It is intended both for scholars interested in the philosophy of sport, and for intellectually curious golfers who seek a better understanding of the game. This book describes the physical, emotional, mental, and ethical aspects of the game and how they influence golf instruction.
It looks at golf as play, game, sport, and spectacle, discusses golf’s heroes, communities, and traditions, and analyzes the role of the virtues in golf, linking them to self-fulfillment, the ultimate good of golf experience. The book concludes with discussions of classic works of golf literary and film art, including Caddyshack, Missing Links, Tin Cup, and Golf in the Kingdom, which celebrate its follies and glories. 
The fact that golf can serve as a playful laboratory to test oneself is a deep part of the game’s attraction. Golf, if played well, conveys an experience which unites happiness, excellence, and interpersonal flourishing. This book strives to give an account of golf both as it is and as it ought to be—how golfers may improve their games and even themselves, in meaningful play.
Available at Amazon, Lexington, and other book sellers.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

IAPS 2017 CFA Deadline Extended

I just saw that the deadline for abstract submission for IAPS 2017 is now April 21, 2017. I am sure this is a much welcomed reprieve for those, like me, who haven't quite finished their abstract proposal yet.

I've reposted the Updated CFA at Also at