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.


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