Kinetic Beauty: The Philosophical Aesthetics of Sport, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Kinetic Beauty

The Philosophical Aesthetics of Sport, 1st Edition

By Jason Holt


128 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367335328
pub: 2019-11-21
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Sport aesthetics is an important but often marginalized fi eld in the philosophy of sport. Kinetic Beauty off ers a comprehensive, principled, pluralist introduction to the philosophical aesthetics of sport.

The book tackles a wide variety of issues in the philosophical aesthetics of sport, proposing a fi ve-level analysis that coordinates extant scholarship on the same conceptual map, reveals gaps in the literature, and motivates a fresh perspective on stubborn debates and novel topics in the fi eld (for example, the aesthetic experience of athletes, aesthetic biases in sport, the paradox of sport fi ction, and whether dance can be sport).

This is an excellent resource for professors and students in the philosophy of sport, sport aesthetics, general aesthetics, and the philosophy of art. It is also a fascinating read for those working in kinesiology, sport studies, philosophy, art, and aesthetics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Pregame

1. Five-Level Analysis

2. Grace Notes

3. Performer Aesthetics

4. Design Matters

5. Aesthetic Significance

6. Aesthetic Bias

7. Aesthetic Sports

8. Sport in Art

9. Sport as Art

10. Dance as Sport

About the Author

Jason Holt is Professor of Kinesiology at Acadia University, Canada.

About the Series

Ethics and Sport

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports