Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781861898692 Published November 2011 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.

A Philosophy of Sport

Steven Connor

A Philosophy of Sport

Steven Connor

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232 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781861898692 Published November 2011 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $25.00 ISBN: 9781861899736 Published November 2011

While previous writing on the philosophy of sport has tended to see sport as a kind of testing ground for philosophical theories devised to deal with other kinds of problems—of ethics, aesthetics, or logical categorization—here Steven Connor offers a new philosophical understanding of sport in its own terms. In order to define what sport essentially is and means, Connor presents a complete grammar of sport, isolating and describing its essential elements, including the characteristic spaces of sport, the nature of sporting time, the importance of sporting objects like bats and balls, the methods of movement in sport, the role of rules and chance, and what it really means to cheat and to win.
Defined as games that involve bodily exertion and exhaustion, sports simultaneously require constraint and the ability to overcome it. Sport, argues Connor, is a fundamental feature of modern humans. It is shown to be one of the most powerful ways in which we negotiate the relationship between the human and natural worlds. Encompassing a huge range of different sports, and enlisting the help of Hegel, Freud, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Adorno, Sartre, Ayer, Deleuze, and Serres, A Philosophy of Sport will inform, surprise, and delight thoughtful athletes and sporty philosophers alike.


Chapter One: History
Chapter Two: Space
Chapter Three: Time
Chapter Four: Movement
Chapter Five: Equipment
Chapter Six: Rules
Chapter Seven: Winning

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