Knowing the Score

Knowing the Score

What Sports Can Teach Us About Philosophy (and What Philosophy Can Teach Us About Sports)

Book - 2017
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"Beginning with various sporting questions and challenges, Papineau digs into modern philosophy's most perplexing questions. For instance, he discusses drafting techniques in cycling to shed new light on questions of altruism, and examines cricket family "dynasties" to help broaden the debate over nature v. nurture. When Papineau began writing this book, he thought he could illuminate sports by viewing it through a philosophical lens. But the more he wrote, the more he realized that it was the other way around - the study of sports clarifies, challenges, and sometimes confuses crucial issues in philosophy. Why do sports competitors choke? How can Roger Federer select which shot to play in 400 milliseconds? Why do fans think God will favor their team over their rivals? Why does motor racing, but not football, run in families? How can it be moral to deceive the umpire by framing a pitch? From all of these questions, and many more, philosophy has a great deal to learn."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780465049684
Characteristics: viii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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