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Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport

Edited By Mike J. McNamee, William Morgan Copyright 2015
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    The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport is a landmark publication in sport studies. It goes further than any book has before in tracing the contours of the discipline of the philosophy of sport and in surveying the core themes, approaches and theories that form its disciplinary fabric. The book explores the ways in which an understanding of philosophy can inform our understanding of important prevailing issues in sport. Edited by two of the most significant figures in the development of the philosophy of sport, Mike McNamee and Bill Morgan, and with contributions from many of the world’s leading sport philosophers, this is an invaluable companion reference volume for any course in the social scientific study of sport, and an essential addition to the bookshelf of any serious scholar of the philosophy and/or ethics of sport.

    A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport

    [Mike McNamee and William J. Morgan]

    Part I: Philosophical Approaches to the Conceptualisation of Sport

    1. Formalism and Sport

    [Scott Kretchmar]

    2. Internalism and Sport

    [Robert L. Simon]

    3. Conventionalism and Sport

    [William J. Morgan]

    4. An Institutional Theory of Sport

    [Graham McFee]

    Part II: Philosophical Theories and Sport

    5. Asthetics of Sport

    [Andrew Edgar]

    6. Bioethics and Sport

    [Silvia Camporesi]

    7. Eastern Philosophy

    [Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza and Takayuki Hata]

    8. Epistemology and Sport

    [Steffen Borge]

    9. Ethics

    [Mike McNamee]

    10. Existential Philosophy and Sport

    [Kenneth Aggerholm]

    11. Feminism in the Philosophy of Sport

    [Leslie A. Howe]

    12. Phenomenology and Sport

    [Irena Martinkova]

    13. Philosophy of Mind and Sport

    [Paul Davis]

    14. Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Sport

    [John Kaag]

    15. The Radical Critique of Sport

    [Lev Kreft]

    16. Religion, Theology and Sport

    [Gregg Twietmeyer]

    17. Sport as a Legal System

    [John S. Russell]

    18. Metaphysics and Sport

    [Stephen Mumford]

    Part III: Key Issues and Themes in the Philosophy of Sport

    19. Competition

    [Paul Gaffney]

    20. Disability and Paralympic Sport

    [Steve Edwards and Mike McNamee]

    21. Doping and Anti-Doping: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Sport

    [Thomas H. Murray]

    22. Fair Play

    [Sigmund Loland]

    23. Genetics, Science Fiction and the Ethics of Athletic Enhancement

    [W. Miller Brown]

    24. Olympism: A Philosophy of Sport?

    [Heather L. Reid]

    25. Philosophical Approaches to Coaching

    [Jeffrey P. Fry]

    26. Spectatorship: Watching and Following Sport

    [Carwyn Jones]

    27. Sport, Commerce and the Market

    [Adrian Walsh]

    28. Technology and Sport

    [Rasmus Bysted Moller and Verner Moller]


    Mike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics at Swansea University, UK. His research interests and teaching span a broad range from the philosophy and ethics of engineering to medicine and health care, the ethics of sports and research ethics. He is a former President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and was the founding Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. He serves or has served on the executive committees of many national and international associations, including the European College of Sport Science, the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education, and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. He is the founding Editor of the journal Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, has written or edited 16 books in applied philosophy and ethics in sport and health, and is a founding co-editor of the landmark book series Ethics and Sport (Routledge).

    William J. Morgan is a Professor in the Division of Occupational Science and School of Communication, University of Southern California, USA. His major research interests are in ethics, critical theory and political theory, and most of his work has been devoted to the study of popular culture, especially contemporary sports and the Olympic Games. He is the author or editor of five books on sport, including Why Sports Morally Matter, the runner-up for the Best Book Award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport in 2006. He has been the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of the Philosophy of Sport and elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Kinesiology, and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport and Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.

    'Demonstrating the increase in scholarship dedicated to the philosophy of sport, and following on the heels of The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport, ed. by Cesar Torres (2014), this volume covers a plethora of topics connected to sport philosophy.  McNamee (Swansea Univ., UK) and Morgan (Univ. of Southern California), both esteemed scholars in the field, include essays written by sport philosophers around the world, some of whom study sport and physical activity from their vantage point as philosophers and others who study philosophy as kinesiologists.  After an introduction in which they discuss the historical context of sport philosophy, the editors provide 28 essays divided into three sections.  The first section examines various philosophical conceptualizations of sport--for example, formalism and internalism.  Section 2, "Philosophical Theories and Sport," includes essays on aesthetics, Eastern philosophy, pragmatism, bioethics, and metaphysics (to name just five of many treated).  The last section examines "key issues and themes," e.g., competition, doping and anti-doping, technology, and fair play.  True to the editors' stated aim, this collection will be an important resource for anyone interested in the philosophy of sport.'

    - D. R. Hochstetler, Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley, CHOICE connect, January 2016 Vol. 53 No. 5