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Sport History and Culture: Philosophy

A guide to selected resources on the history of sport, with special attention to social and cultural issues.

Philosophy and Sport

Bronson, Eric, ed. Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box. Also available in print, GV867.64 B365 2004.

Connor, Steven. A Philosophy of Sport. GV706 C618 2011.

Feezell, Randolph M. Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives. 2013.

Hardman, Alun, and Carwyn Jones, eds. Philosophy of Sport: International Perspectives. 2010.

Holowchak, Mark. Aretism: An Ancient Sports Philosophy for the Modern Sports World. GV706 H64 2011.

Holt, Jason, ed. Philosophy of Sport: Core Readings. GV706 P445 2014.

James, Aaron J. Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning. B936 J36 2017.

McFee, Graham. Sport, Rules, and Values: Philosophical Investigations into the Nature of Sport. 2004. Also available in print, GV706 M37 2004.

McNamee, Mike, ed. Philosophy, Risk and Adventure Sports. GV191.6 P55 2007.

O;Hear, Anthony, ed. Philosophy and Sport. GV706. P45 2013.Osterhoudt, Robert G., comp. A Philosophy of Sport: A Collection of Original Essays.1973.  GV706 O83.

Papineau, David. Knowing the Score: What Sports Can Teach Us about Philosophy( and What Philosophy Can Teach Use about Sports). GV706 P37 2017.

Reid, Heather Lynne. Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport. 2012.

Reid, Heather Lynne. Philosophic Inquiry in Sport. 2d ed. GV706 P478 1995.

Reid, Heather Lynne. The Philosophical Athlete. GV706 R44 2002.

Ryal, Emily. Philosophy of Sport: Key Questions. GV706 R93 2016.

Torres, Cesar R. Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport. GV706 B56 2014.

VanderZwaag, Harold J. Toward a Philosophy of Sport. 1972. GV706 V33.

Weiss, Paul. Sport: A Philosophic Inquiry. GV706 W4 1971.

Other Resources

See also the  Philosophy through Popular Culture library guide and click on the Sports and Recreation tab at the top.


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