Knowing the Score: What Sports Can Teach Us About Philosophy (And What Philosophy Can Teach Us About Sports)

Knowing the Score: What Sports Can Teach Us About Philosophy (And What Philosophy Can Teach Us About Sports)

by David Papineau


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465049684
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,294,577
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Papineau is Professor of Philosophy of Natural Science at King's College London and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. He is the author of eight philosophical books, and has served as president of the Aristotelian Society, the Mind Association, and the British Society for the Philosophy of Science. He is also a keen amateur sportsman, and has competed as an adult at soccer, rugby, golf, squash, cricket, field hockey, and sailing, without noteworthy success in any. He spends as much time as he can on the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, where he and his family have a house and a number of small boats.”

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Focus

Chapter 1 Having Your Mind Right 9

Chapter 2 In the Blink of an Eye 21

Chapter 3 Choking and the Yips 35

Part II Rules

Chapter 4 Professional Fouls and Political Obligation 53

Chapter 5 Morality, Convention, and Soccer Fakery 63

Chapter 6 Cads of the Most Unscrupulous Kidney 75

Part III Teams

Chapter 7 The Logic of Fandom 93

Chapter 8 Sporting Teams, Spacetime Worms, and Israeli Soccer 103

Chapter 9 Mutualism and the Art of Road Cycle Racing 115

Chapter 10 Game Theory and Team Reasoning 131

Part IV Tribes

Chapter 11 Civil Society and Sporting Eligibility 147

Chapter 12 Sporting Nations and Political Geography 161

Chapter 13 Race, Ethnicity, and joining the Club 175

Chapter 14 Nature, Nurture, and Sporting Families 187

Part V Values

Chapter 15 Amateur Values and Ulterior Motives 201

Chapter 16 The Coase Theorem and Sporting Capitaism 211

Chapter 17 History, Tradition, and the Meaning of Football 221

Chapter 18 Shankly, Chomsky, and the Nature of Sport 233

Soporific Postscript 249

Acknowledgments 251

Notes and Further Reading 255

Index 271

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