Watching Baseball, Seeing Philosophy: The Great Thinkers at Play on the Diamond

Watching Baseball, Seeing Philosophy: The Great Thinkers at Play on the Diamond

by Raymond Angelo Belliotti
     
 

There are uncanny connections between nine baseball greats and the great thinkers of the West. This book offers a very practical application of Western philosophy by examining these icons of American sport and culture.

The intensity and single-mindedness of Ted Williams breathes life into Camus' Sisyphus; Billy Martin's maniacal competitiveness recalls Niccolo

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Overview

There are uncanny connections between nine baseball greats and the great thinkers of the West. This book offers a very practical application of Western philosophy by examining these icons of American sport and culture.

The intensity and single-mindedness of Ted Williams breathes life into Camus' Sisyphus; Billy Martin's maniacal competitiveness recalls Niccolo Machiavelli's take on politics, which he characterized as a zero-sum game; the homespun philosophy of Satchel Paige echoes the wisdom of Marcus Aurelius; and the many facets of Joe DiMaggio's personality cry out for the resolution that Nietzsche's doctrine of perspectivism might have given.

Also covered are the connections between Joe Torre and Aristotle; Jackie Robinson and Antonio Gramsci; Mickey Mantle and St. Thomas Aquinas; John Franco and William James; and Jose Canseco and Immanuel Kant.

Editorial Reviews

Sports Collectors Digest
the most unexpected and unusual baseball book ever
Journal of Popular Culture
Belliotti...ably demonstrates his knowledge of both the playing field and the ivory tower
Nine
"entertaining"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786433032
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/10/2008
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Angelo Belliotti is a distinguished professor and chair of philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he received the chancellor's award for excellence in teaching. He is also the author of seven other books.

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