Monday, April 22, 2013

Philosophy of Sport Bibliography

At the request of a reader, I am posting a bibliography of some of the essential readings in philosophy of sport. This is surely incomplete, so consider this post a starting point, and add your own suggestions in the comments section. (Thanks to Heather Reid for help on this!)

Due to time, these are not organized in any fashion. However, as a starting point I would suggest the first 3 books, one a monograph and the other two anthologies:

Jan Boxill, ed. Sports Ethics (Malden, MA:  Blackwell, 2003); Mike McNamee, ed. The Ethics of Sports:  A Reader (New York:  Routledge, 2010).
 M. Andrew Holowchak, ed. Philosophy of Sport: Critical Readings, Crucial Issues (Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall, 2002).
Robert L. Simon, Fair Play: Sports, Values, & Society (Boulder, CO:  Westview, 1991- several revised editions of this also are available).

Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens:  A Study of the Play Element in Culture (Boston:  Beacon Press, 1955 [1944]).
Roger Caillois, Man, Play, and Games, trans. Meyer Berlash (Urbana and Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2001 [1958]).
John W. Loy, Jr.  “The Nature of Sport: A Definitional Effort,” Quest 10:1 (May, 1968), 1-15. 
Bernard Suits, “What Is A Game?” Philosophy of Science 34:1 (June, 1967), 148-156.
Bernard Suits, The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia (Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 1978).
Allen V. Sapora and Elmer D. Mitchell, The Theory of Play & Recreation (New York:  The Ronald Press Co., 1961).
Eleanor Metheny, “This ‘Thing’ Called Sport,” Journal of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation 40 (March 1969), 59-60.
James W. Keating, “Sportsmanship as a Moral Category,” Ethics 75 (October, 1964), 25-35.
Howard S. Slusher, Man, Sport, and Existence (Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1967).
Earle F. Zeigler, Philosophical Foundations for Physical, Health, and Recreation Education (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice- Hall,1964).
Paul Weiss, Sport:  A Philosophic Inquiry (Carbondale, IL:  Southern Illinois University Press, 1969).
Warren P. Fraleigh, “The Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport, 1972-1983” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 10 (1984), 3-7.
R. Scott Kretchmar, “From Test to Contest: An Analysis of Two Kinds of Counterpoint in Sport” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 1 (1975), 23-30.
B.C. Postow, “Women and Masculine Sports” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 7 (1980), 51-58.
Craig Lehman, “Can Cheaters Play the Game?” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 8 (1981), 41-46.
Warren P. Fraleigh, Right Actions in Sport:  Ethics for Contestants (Champaign, IL:  Human Kinetics, 1984).
William J. Morgan, Leftist Theories of Sport: A Critique and Reconstruction (Chicago:  U. of Illinois Press, 1994).
Drew A. Hyland, Philosophy of Sport (New York:  Paragon House, 1990); Heather L. Reid, The Philosophical Athlete (Durham, NC:  Carolina Academic Press, 2002).
R. Scott Kretchmar, Practical Philosophy of Sport (Champaign, IL:  Human Kinetics, 1994).
Sheryle Bergman Drewe, Why Sport? (Toronto:  Thompson, 2003).
William J. Morgan, Klaus V. Meier, and Angela, J. Schneider, editors.  Ethics in Sport ( Champaign, IL:  Human Kinetics, 2001) with a second edition in 2007; 
Mike McNamee, “Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:  Context, History and Prospects” Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 1:1 (2007): 5.
Heather L. Reid, “Athletic virtue:  between East and West,” Sport Ethics and Philosophy 4:1 (2010): 16-26.
Mike McNamee, Sports, Virtues and Vices (Routledge, 2008)
William J;. Morgan, Why Sports Morally Matter (New York: Routledge, 2006).