268 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport is a unique interdisciplinary study that calls on researchers in these disciplines to reflect more critically on the nature and aims of scientific enquiry. In doing so, the book questions the underlying assumptions and development of science itself.
Written by a range of internationally respected philosophers, scientists and social scientists, each chapter addresses a key issue in research methodology. Questions asked by the authors include:
Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport serves notice to exercise, health and sport researchers to think more philosophically about their subject and its scientific bases. It is essential reading for postgraduate researchers seeking to establish a sound theoretical foundation for their work.
1. Positivism, Popper and Paradigms: An introductory essay 2. Must scientists think philosophically about science? 3. Can physiology be Popperian and Ethical? 4. How does a 'foundational myth' become sacred and scientific dogma? The case of AV Hill and the 'anaerobiosis controversy'. 5. Why doesn't sports psychology consider Freud? 6. Do statistical methods replace reasoning in exercise science research? 7. What are the limitations of experimental and theoretical approaches in sports biomechanics? 8. Can we trust rehydration research? 9. Is sport and exercise science a man's game? 10. Autoethnography: Self-indulgence or rigorous methodology? 11. Is investigative sociology just investigative journalism? 12. Is research with and on students ethically defensible?
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