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

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


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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812695564
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/15/2004
Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 472,310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Pre-Game Warm-up: Who's on First?1
Inning 1Hometown Heroes3
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 Twins20
Inning 2You Gotta Believe!33
Top of the Second
3.Should Cubs Fans Be Committed? What Bleacher Bums Have to Teach Us about the Nature of Faith37
Bottom of the Second
4.Taking One for the Team: Baseball and Sacrifice56
Inning 3The Umpire's New Clothes69
Top of the Third
5.There Are No Ties at First Base73
Bottom of the Third
6.Taking Umpiring Seriously: How Philosophy Can Help Umpires Make the Right Calls87
Inning 4Fair 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 5Baseball and America139
Top of the Fifth
9.Democracy and Dissent: Why America Needs Reggie Jackson143
Bottom of the Fifth
10.Baseball and the Search for an American Moral Identity157
Inning 6Where Have You Gone, Jackie Robinson?169
Top of the Sixth
11.The Negro Leagues and the Contradictions of Social Darwinism173
Bottom of the Sixth
12.We're American Too: The Negro Leagues and the Philosophy of Resistance187
Inning 7The Japanese National Pastime?201
Top of the Seventh
13.The Zen of Hitting205
Bottom of the Seventh
14.Japanese Baseball and Its Warrior Ways?217
Inning 8Behind in the Count229
Top of the Eighth
15.The Numbers Game: What Fans Should Know about the Stats They Love233
Bottom of the Eighth
16.Women Playing Hardball246
Inning 9Under Pressure257
Top of the Ninth
17.Walking Barry Bonds: The Ethics of the Intentional Walk261
Bottom of the Ninth
18.Socrates at the Ballpark273
Post-Game Press Conference285
19.Baseball and Ethics: Should Pete Rose Be in the Hall of Fame?
Yes289
No292
20.Baseball and Political Philosophy: Does A-Rod Deserve So Much Money?
Yes297
No300
21.Baseball and Metaphysics: Does Superstition Help Performance?
Yes305
No308
22.Baseball and Legal Philosophy: Should Steroids Be Banned?
Yes313
No316
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?
Then329
Now332
The Team335
Index341

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