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Philosophy Through Popular Culture: Sports and Recreation

A guide to publications using popular culture as a vehicle for philosophy.

Faster, Stronger, Smarter: Sports and Philosophy

Austin, Michael W., ed. Football and Philosophy: Going Deep. GV959 F55 2008.

Austin, Michael W., ed. Running & Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind. GV1061 R8344 2007.

Baggett, David, ed. Tennis and Philosophy: What the Racket Is All About. GV995 T414 2010.

Borge, Steffen. The Philosophy of Football. GV943 B6454 2019.

Bronson, Eric, ed. Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box. GV867.65 B365 2004.

Bronson, Eric, ed. Poker and Philosophy: Pocket Rockets and Philosopher Kings. BD595 P65 2006.

Cogburn, Jon. Philosophy Through Video Games. GV1469.3 C645 2009.

Cogburn, Jon, and Mark Silcox. Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy. GV1469.62 D84 D388 2012.

Cuddy, Luke, ed. Bioshock and Philosophy: Irrational Game, Rational Book. GV1469.37 B498 2015.

Cuddy, Luke, ed. Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved. 2011.

Cuddy, Luke, ed. The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy: I Link Therefore I Am. 2009.

Cuddy, Luke, and John Nordlinger, eds. World of Warcraft and Philosophy. GV1469.25 W64 W64 2009.

Hale, Benjamin, ed. Philosophy Looks at Chess. Also in print, GV1314.7 2008.

Ilundain-Agurruza, Jesus, and Michael W. Austin, eds. Cycling: Philosophy for Everyone: A Philosophical Tour de Force. also available in paper, HQ471 O575 2910.

Jacoby, Henry, ed. Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper than Swords. 2012.

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

Kowalsky, Nathan, ed. Hunting: Philosophy for Everyone: In Search of the Wild Life. SK14 H86 2010.

Macomber, Michael, ed. The Red Sox and Philosophy: Green Monster Meditations.2010.

McClendon, Joh H. III, and Stephen C. Ferguson II. Beyond the White Shadow: Philosophy, Sports, and the African American Experience. GV706.32 M335 2012.

O'Brien, Dan, ed. Gardening: Philosophy for Everyone: Cultivating Wisdom. SB454.3 P45 G36 2010.

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

Priest, Graham, and Damon Young, eds. Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness. 2010.

Reid, Heather L., and Michael W. Austin, eds. The Olympics and Philosophy. 2012.

Richards, Ted, ed. Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game. Also available in print, GV943 S645 2010.

Robichaud, Christopher. Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy: Read and Gain Advantage of All Wisdom. GV1469.62 D84 D84 2014. Also available electronically HERE.

Schmid, Stephen E., ed. Climbing--Philosophy for Everyone: Because It's There. B105 L45 C47 2010.

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

Walls, Jerry L., and Gregory Bassham, eds. Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint. GV885 B343 2007.

Wible, Andy, ed. Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links. GV967 G566 2010.