Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport

Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport

by Heather Reid


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Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport by Heather Reid

In this comprehensive text, Reid examines the history, significance, and philosophical dimensions of sport. Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport is organized to reflect the traditional division of philosophy into metaphysical, ethical, and sociopolitical issues, while incorporating specific concerns of today’s athletic world, such as cheating, doping, and Title IX, where they are applicable.This approach provides students with a basic understanding of the philosophy of sport as a whole and better equips them to investigate specific issues. Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport is not only an outline of the discipline and a summary of much of its pioneering work, but also an invitation for students to join the conversation by connecting it to their own athletic experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742570610
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2012
Series: Elements of Philosophy Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Heather Reid is professor of philosophy at Morningside College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Dedication Introduction: Why Study The Philosophy of Sport?
Part One: History and Heritage Chapter One: The Ancient Hellenic Heritage Chapter Two: The Modern Olympic Revival Part Two: Metaphysical Issues in Sport Chapter Three: Sport and Play Chapter Four: Sport and Games Chapter Five: Sport and Social Practices Chapter Six: Sport and Art Chapter Seven: Mind and Body Part Three: Ethical Issues in Sport Chapter Eight: Consequentialism and Play Chapter Nine: Deontology and Fairness Chapter Ten: Virtues and Vices Chapter Eleven: Ethical Spectacle Part Four: Social and Political Issues in Sport Chapter Twelve: Sport and Education Chapter Thirteen: Sport and Social Categories Chapter Fourteen: Sport and Political Ideals Chapter Fifteen: Sport and Globalization Conclusion: Ten Intrinsic Values of Sport Bibliography Glossary Index Appendix: Philosophy of Sport as an Academic Subject About the Author

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Scott Kretchmar

This is an excellent volume that emphasizes sport metaphysics and ethics. Reid’s knowledge of Greek philosophy provides a wonderful foundation for her analyses of the nature and value of sport. Her prose is very accessible, and her analyses are more than worthy of consideration. This is a superb introduction for those interested in learning about central themes in sport philosophy.

Jesus Ilundain

Heather Reid’s Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport fills a gap in the subject area. It is an entry-level yet encompassing text that will greatly enhance courses in sport philosophy, as well as programs in kinesiology and sports management that seek to impart a broader, more humanistic perspective to their students. Academically rigorous yet eminently readable, its tight argumentation, very interesting examples, and probing questions will definitely engage students. Particularly commendable is the fact that instead of just focusing on particular issues—cheating, doping, violence, or college sports—Reid integrates these into a suitable philosophical context. Students will leave not just with a number of convenient “answers,” but rather a comprehensive view sensitive to the complexity of the issues. Whether on its own or supplemented by primary source readings, this volume gives instructors the flexibility to craft their “dream course.

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