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

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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 ...
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Overview


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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812695564
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,369,739
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Pre-Game Warm-up: Who's on First? 1
Inning 1 Hometown Heroes 3
Top of the First
1. "There's No Place Like Home!" 7
Bottom of the First
2. Minnesota's "Homer Hanky Jurisprudence": Contraction, Ethics, and the Twins 20
Inning 2 You Gotta Believe! 33
Top of the Second
3. Should Cubs Fans Be Committed? What Bleacher Bums Have to Teach Us about the Nature of Faith 37
Bottom of the Second
4. Taking One for the Team: Baseball and Sacrifice 56
Inning 3 The Umpire's New Clothes 69
Top of the Third
5. There Are No Ties at First Base 73
Bottom of the Third
6. Taking Umpiring Seriously: How Philosophy Can Help Umpires Make the Right Calls 87
Inning 4 Fair or Foul? 105
Top of the Fourth
7. Baseball, Cheating, and Tradition: Would Kant Cork His Bat? 109
Bottom of the Fourth
8. There's No Lying in Baseball (Wink, Wink) 126
Inning 5 Baseball and America 139
Top of the Fifth
9. Democracy and Dissent: Why America Needs Reggie Jackson 143
Bottom of the Fifth
10. Baseball and the Search for an American Moral Identity 157
Inning 6 Where Have You Gone, Jackie Robinson? 169
Top of the Sixth
11. The Negro Leagues and the Contradictions of Social Darwinism 173
Bottom of the Sixth
12. We're American Too: The Negro Leagues and the Philosophy of Resistance 187
Inning 7 The Japanese National Pastime? 201
Top of the Seventh
13. The Zen of Hitting 205
Bottom of the Seventh
14. Japanese Baseball and Its Warrior Ways? 217
Inning 8 Behind in the Count 229
Top of the Eighth
15. The Numbers Game: What Fans Should Know about the Stats They Love 233
Bottom of the Eighth
16. Women Playing Hardball 246
Inning 9 Under Pressure 257
Top of the Ninth
17. Walking Barry Bonds: The Ethics of the Intentional Walk 261
Bottom of the Ninth
18. Socrates at the Ballpark 273
Post-Game Press Conference 285
19. Baseball and Ethics: Should Pete Rose Be in the Hall of Fame?
Yes 289
No 292
20. Baseball and Political Philosophy: Does A-Rod Deserve So Much Money?
Yes 297
No 300
21. Baseball and Metaphysics: Does Superstition Help Performance?
Yes 305
No 308
22. Baseball and Legal Philosophy: Should Steroids Be Banned?
Yes 313
No 316
23. Baseball and Aesthetics: What's the Best Baseball Movie?
The Natural (1984) 321
It Happens Every Spring (1949) 324
24. Baseball and Education: Were Baseball Players Better Role Models Then or Now?
Then 329
Now 332
The Team 335
Index 341
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    The book Baseball And Philosophy is written by Eric Bronson and

    The book Baseball And Philosophy is written by Eric Bronson and is about how baseball can be related to in terms of philosophy and modern day ideas. The book is broken into innings, not chapters and in each inning a different topic is broken down. Some of the major innings were about umpires, fans, and players. This made the book more relatable since every section was a part of the game and thus easier to read without having to be bored. Some of the major themes represented were segregation, loyalty, and criticism. The book was defiantly interesting coming from the perspective of a baseball player. I loved how the book broke down each specific thing in baseball and told of its meaning and how it was formed. Also I liked how the author broke down the book into small interesting sections as opposed to writing a long book that went over the entire subject of baseball as a whole. The thing that I didn't like about the book was the author talked a little to much about the philosophy side to much. He went into details about the philosopher that most likely could have been left out and wouldn't have effected the book at all. I would defiantly recommend this book to someone else. I feel that the flow of the book was good and would be a good read if someone was just looking for a light read. The person would have to read the book all at once and good read a section of the book every day. I would also recommend skipping over the paragraphs that go into detail about the philosopher at least from my perspective it would make the book much more enjoyable to read. My overall rating for this book is 4 starts. I feel that the book shows a good representation of baseball and its elements of the game, but lacks when it comes to the philosophy side. I think if the author would have left out someone the philosophy information the book would have been better granted though that the book is called Baseball And Philosophy so I can see why he put so much emphasis on the philosophy side. Coming from a baseball player's perspective the book is a good read for anyone looking to understand why things are the way they are today in baseball.

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