This comprehensive text examines the history, significance, and philosophical dimensions of sport. Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport, second edition, is organized to reflect the traditional division of philosophy into metaphysical, ethical, epistemological and political issues, while incorporating specific concerns of today’s athletic world, such as technology, violence, and professionalism.
The second edition features expanded sections on social categories (including race, gender, and disability), sport in schools, and collegiate sports. Each chapter includes discussion questions, and the book features a comprehensive glossary.
Heather L. Reid is professor of philosophy at Morningside College and scholar in residence at Exedra Mediterranean Center in Siracusa, Sicily. She is a 2015 Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 2018 Fellow of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, and 2019 Fulbright Scholar at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. As founder of Fonte Aretusa, she promotes conferences and research on Western Greece. She has also published books and articles in ancient philosophy, philosophy of sport, and Olympic Studies, including Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport (2012), Athletics and Philosophy in the Ancient World (2011), and The Philosophical Athlete (2002, 2nd ed. 2019).
Introduction: Why Study the Philosophy of Sport?
I: History and Heritage
1. The Ancient Hellenic Heritage
2. The Modern Olympic Revival
II: Metaphysical Issues in Sport
3. Sport and Play
4. Sport and Games
5. Sport and Social Practices
6. Sport and Art
7. Mind and Body
III: Ethical Issues in Sport
8. Consequentialism and Play
9. Deontology and Fairness
10. Virtues and Vices
11. Ethical Spectatorship
IV: Sport and Education
12. Sport in Schools
13. Collegiate Sports
V: Sport and Social Epistemologies
14. Sport, Race, and Class
15. Sport, Sex, and Gender
16. Sport, Disability, and the Paralympics
VI: Sport and Politics
17. Sport and Political Ideologies
18. Internationalism, Globalization, and Peace
Conclusion: Ten Intrinsic Values of Sport
About the Author
This entry-level yet encompassing text 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.
This is a first-rate introduction to the philosophy of sport, which introduces the student to most of the important issues in the discipline, surveys the major scholarship in a way that is both fair and accessible, and shows the student reader how to connect his or her sporting experience with the issues as they have been treated.
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.
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End-of-chapter discussion questions
Condensed discussion of ancient history of sport