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Popular Culture and Philosophy #6: Baseball and Philosophyby Eric Bronson
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Baseball and Philosophy brings together two high-powered pastimes: the sport of baseball and the academic discipline of philosophy. Eric Bronson asked eighteen young professors to provide their profound analysis of some aspect of baseball. The result offers surprisingly deep insights into this most American of games.
The contributors include many of the leading voices in the burgeoning new field of philosophy of sport, plus a few other talented philosophers with a personal interest in baseball. A few of the contributors are also drawn from academic areas outside philosophy: statistics, law, and history.
This volume gives the thoughtful baseball fan substancial material to think more deeply about. What moral issues are raised by the Intentional Walk? Do teams sometimes benefit from the self-interested behavior of their individual members? How can Zen be applied to hitting? Is it ethical to employ deception in sports? Can a game be defined by its written rules or are there also other constraints? What can the U.S. Supreme Court learn from umpiring? Why should baseball be the only industry exempt from antitrust laws? What part does luck play in any game of skill?
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Thirty-two academics and philosophers, most from the U.S., contribute 29 essays exploring philosophical questions about the whos, whats, and whys of baseball which demonstrate the game's connections to larger issues of truth, justice, American identity, and human fulfillment. This text will appeal to hardcore baseball fans who enjoy analyzing the sport from a "bigger picture" perspective, as well as philosophy students and practitioners interested in the philosophical aspects of sports/popular culture.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
William Irwin has taken philosophy out of the academy and put it on the bestseller list. The series has been featured in The New York Times and People, and on NPR's All Things Considered. Now philosophy finds its real home — in the dugout. In Baseball and Philosophy, 18 professors — some from the new field devoted to the philosophy of sport, others unapologetic baseball fans — explore the sport's deeper aspects. How can Zen be applied to hitting? Do you play to win or play by the rules? Is it ethical to employ deception in sports? Can a game be defined by its written rules or are there also other constraints? What can the U.S. Supreme Court learn from umpiring? Why should baseball be the only industry exempt from antitrust laws? These are some of the questions addressed in this witty, provocative blend of two major American pastimes: watching baseball and thinking about it.
In this exploration of two major American pastimes (watching baseball and thinking about it), 18 professors--some from the new field devoted to the philosophy of sport, others unapologetic baseball fans--explore the sport's deeper aspects.
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