Philosophy of Sport: Critical Readings, Crucial Issues

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This user-friendly collection of essays on topical issues in philosophy of sport draws principally from philosophy, but contains some writings from sociological and psychological literature that has a philosophical slant. The anthology contains 44 essays on diverse and contemporary issues in sport from different perspectives. Each article addresses critical and topical issues such as “What is Sport?” “Are female athletes of the same rank as men?” “Is sport a species of art?” and each invites critical discussion. The essays address the following issues: the nature of the sport; aesthetics and sport; ethics and sport; sportspersonship; cheating; winning; violence; performance-enhancing drugs; epistemological issues in sport; sport and society; heroism; gender; race; pedagogy; and sport in society. For athletes and sports fans interested in the philosophy of sport.

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This anthology draws from philosophical, sociological, and psychological literature as it explores the philosophy of sport. The collected essays treat diverse and contemporary issues and inquire into questions such as: What is sport? Are female athletes of the same rank as men? Are many sports too violent? Should certain drugs be banned? Each essay is accompanied by questions and exercises that invite critical discussion.

Highlights of this anthology
  • Diverse, contemporary philosophical issues
  • Summaries of each article and its arguments
  • Questions, exercises, and comments following each article
  • Illustrated with photos
  • Glossary of key terms

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Philosophy of Sport: Critical Readings, Crucial Issues is a collection of readings on topical issues in philosophy of sport that draws principally from philosophy, but contains some writings from sociological and psychological literature with a philosophical slant. In addition to the introduction, the anthology contains forty-three readings on diverse and contemporary philosophical issues in sport from different perspectives. Each article, on its own, invites critical discussion.

The readings are grouped into five chapters. Chapter One is on the nature of sport and contains eight essays with diverse theses. Chapter Two comprises four essays on aesthetics and sport. The third chapter, on ethical issues, discusses sportsmanship, cheating, winning, violence, and performance-enhancing drugs. There are fourteen readings in this section. Chapter Four, dealing with epistemological issues, contains a reading that addresses assessment of moral character in sport and a second that addresses streak playing. Chapter Five, containing fifteen readings, discusses societal issues and sport. The topics are heroism, gender, race, pedagogy, and sport in society.

I have put this anthology together so that it will be serviceable to those inexperienced in philosophy as well as to more advanced students of philosophy. First, to facilitate understanding, I introduce all readings with some prefatory remarks. For difficult readings, these remarks include a helpful summary of the main line of argument. At the end of each reading, I offer a few questions or comments to stimulate critical analysis. In addition, there is a glossary of key terms at the back of the book.

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