Baseball and Philosophy (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series): Thinking Outside the Batter's Box

Baseball and Philosophy (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series): Thinking Outside the Batter's Box

by Eric Bronson
     
 

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Baseball and Philosophy brings together two high-powered pastimes: the sport of baseball and the academic discipline of philosophy. Eric Bronson asked eighteen young professors to provide their profound analysis of some aspect of baseball. The result offers surprisingly deep insights into this most American of games.
The contributors include many of the

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Baseball and Philosophy brings together two high-powered pastimes: the sport of baseball and the academic discipline of philosophy. Eric Bronson asked eighteen young professors to provide their profound analysis of some aspect of baseball. The result offers surprisingly deep insights into this most American of games.
The contributors include many of the leading voices in the burgeoning new field of philosophy of sport, plus a few other talented philosophers with a personal interest in baseball. A few of the contributors are also drawn from academic areas outside philosophy: statistics, law, and history.
This volume gives the thoughtful baseball fan substancial material to think more deeply about. What moral issues are raised by the Intentional Walk? Do teams sometimes benefit from the self-interested behavior of their individual members? How can Zen be applied to hitting? Is it ethical to employ deception in sports? Can a game be defined by its written rules or are there also other constraints? What can the U.S. Supreme Court learn from umpiring? Why should baseball be the only industry exempt from antitrust laws? What part does luck play in any game of skill?

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Library Journal
Although a complexity of possibilities overhangs each play in this seemingly simple game, this is the first collection in memory to put the philosophy front and center, with contributions on all philosophical elements about this activity where the brainy meets the spiritual: "Taking One for the Team: Baseball and Sacrifice"; "Would Kant Cork His Bat?"; "Baseball and Political Philosophy: Does A-Rod Deserve so Much Money?"; and a closing argument over which is the greatest baseball movie. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812695564
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/15/2004
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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