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:

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."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Still Another Book: Philosophy, Sport and Education: International Perspectives


Emanuele Isidori, Francisco Javier López Frías, Arno Müller 7

Sport, Education and Peace
Lev Kreft 13

Sport, Education, and the Meaning of Victory
Heather L. Reid 33

Sport and the Quest for Meaningful and Lifelong Learning
Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza 43

Agonistic Education and Sports: A Philosophical Approach
Yunus Tuncel 71

Giving Formalism a Fair Trial through Pedagogy
Francisco Javier López Frías 89

Derrida’s Concept about Doping and its Implications for Sport Education
Emanuele Isidori 103

What Can Doping in Sport Teach Students about Ethics
John Gleaves 119

Contributors 127

Friday, March 21, 2014

And another book... The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport

Introduction, Cesar R. Torres

Part I: History and Development

  • A History of Philosophic Ideas about Sport, David Lunt and Mark Dyreson

Part II: Research Methodology

  • The Philosophy of Sport and Analytic Philosophy, Scott Kretchmar
  • The Philosophy of Sport and Continental Philosophy, Vegard Fusche Moe
  • The Philosophy of Sport, Eastern Philosophy and Pragmatism, Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, Koyo Fukasawa and Mizuho Takemura

Part III: Current Research and Key Issues

  • Theories of Sport, Robert L. Simon
  • Fairness and Justice in Sport, Sigmund Loland
  • The Ethics of Enhancing Performance, Sarah Teetzel
  • Disability and Sport, Carwyn Jones
  • Sport, Risk and Danger, Leslie A. Howe
  • Sport and the Environment–Ecosophical and Metanoetical Intersections, Ron Welters
  • The Aesthetics of Sport, Stephen Mumford
  • Sporting Knowledge, Gunnar Breivik
  • Sport and Ideology, Lamartine P. DaCosta
  • Competitive Sport, Moral Development and Peace, J. S. Russell
  • Sport, Spirituality and Religion,Simon Robinson
  • Sport and Violence, Danny Rosenberg

Part IV: Future Developments

  • Sport and Technological Development, Alun Hardman
  • Conceivable Horizons of Equality in Sport, Pam R. Sailors
  • ‘Spoiled Sports’: Markets and the Corruption of Sport,William J. Morgan
  • Sport Philosophy around the World, Peter M. Hopsicker and IvoJirásek

Part V: Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts

Part VI: Resources and Careers

  • Resource Guide, Emily Ryall
  • Careers, Charlene Weaving

Part VII: The Literature

  • The Sport Philosophy Literature: Foundations, Evolutions and Annotations, Tim Elcombe, Douglas Hochstetler and Douglas W. McLaughlin

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Diving in Soccer

I have just posted a piece on diving over at my blog, Ethics for Everyone, which may be of interest to many followers of this blog. In it, I argue that diving is wrong because it is an especially egregious form of cheating, conflicts directly with the value of sportsmanship, and undermines the pursuit of an honorable victory.To see the whole article, go here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Philosophy and Sport: New Publication

Every year, the Royal Institute of Philosophy offers a lecture series in London on a particular topic. In 2012-2013, the focus was philosophy and sport. These lectures are now available, published by Cambridge University Press (here and here).

Table of Contents:
  • Preface, Anthony O'Hear
  • Ways of Watching Sport, Stephen Mumford
  • The Martial Arts and Buddhist Philosophy, Graham Priest
  • Sport as a Moral Practice: An Aristotelian Approach, Michael W. Austin
  • A Plea for Risk, Philip Ebert and Simon Robertson
  • Not a Matter of Life and Death?, Anthony O'Hear
  • Sport and Life, Paul Snowdon
  • Glory in Sport (and Elsewhere), Timothy Chappell
  • Conceptual Problems with Performance Enhancing Technology in Sport, Emily Ryall
  • Is Mountaineering a Sport?, Philip Bartlett
  • Rivalry in Cricket and Beyond: Healthy or Unhealthy?, Michael Brearley
  • In the Zone, David Papineau
  • Olympic Sacrifice: A Modern Look at an Ancient Tradition, Heather L. Reid
  • Chess, Imagination, and Perceptual Understanding, Paul Coates