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.
Although a complexity of possibilities overhangs each play in this seemingly simple game, this is the first collection in memory to put the philosophy front and center, with contributions on all philosophical elements about this activity where the brainy meets the spiritual: "Taking One for the Team: Baseball and Sacrifice"; "Would Kant Cork His Bat?"; "Baseball and Political Philosophy: Does A-Rod Deserve so Much Money?"; and a closing argument over which is the greatest baseball movie. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Perseus Books Group
January 09, 2004
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