1st Edition

Kinetic Beauty
The Philosophical Aesthetics of Sport

ISBN 9781032176642
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
136 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

USD $22.95

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Book Description

Sport aesthetics is an important but often marginalized field in the philosophy of sport. Kinetic Beauty offers 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 five-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 field (for example, the aesthetic experience of athletes, aesthetic biases in sport, the paradox of sport fiction, 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


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


Outstanding Research Project Award, Faculty of Professional Studies, Acadia University