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Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives, Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives, 0803271530, 0-8032-7153-0, 978-0-8032-7153-1, 9780803271531, Randolph Feezell, , Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives, 0803271654, 0-8032-7165-4, 978-0-8032-7165-4, 9780803271654, Randolph Feezell

Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives
Randolph Feezell

2013. 288 pp.
$30.00 s

There’s more to sports than the ethos of competition, entertainment, and commercialism expressed in popular media and discourse. Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives discusses sport in the context of several traditional philosophical questions, including: What is a good human life and how does sport factor into it? To whom do we look for ethical guidance? What makes human activities or projects meaningful? Randolph Feezell examines these questions along with other relevant topics in the philosophy of sport such as the contribution of play to a meaningful life, the various reasons for pessimistic views of sport, the various claims that celebrated athletes are role models, and the seldom-questioned view that coaches are in a position to offer advice to athletes on how to live or on leadership skills. He also discusses the way that non-Western attitudes found in Buddhism, Taoism, and the Bhagavad Gita might be used to address the vulnerabilities of sports participants.

Feezell draws from current sports issues, popular literature, and contemporary sports figures to shed light on the attraction and value of sports and examine the accompanying ethical issues.

Randolph Feezell is a professor of philosophy at Creighton University. He is the author of many books including Sport, Play, and Ethical Reflection and the coauthor, with Craig Clifford, of Sport and Character: Reclaiming the Principles of Sportsmanship.

"A thought-provoking book. . . . Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives—its first two parts in particular—should definitely appeal to a wide audience."—Stephanie Wilson Rothfuss, Sports Literature Association

"Insightful."—S. A. Klein, CHOICE

"Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives provides illuminating discussion for those in sport studies (both undergraduate and graduate students, and scholars too) as well as general readers interested in reflecting on the meaning of sport."—Douglas Hochstetler, Journal of Sport History

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