Philosophy of Sport: Core Readings – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815357 / 1554815355
  • 350 pages; 6" x 9"

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Philosophy of Sport: Core Readings – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: October 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815357 / 1554815355
  • 350 pages; 6" x 9"

This second edition of Philosophy of Sport: Core Readings provides an overview of core topics in the field, ranging from fundamental questions about the nature of sport to ethical issues at the forefront of discussions of what sport should be. On the nature of sport, readers will gain a solid understanding of fundamental theories of games, play, and sports, as well as sport epistemology, the esports controversy, and sport aesthetics. Topics in the ethics of sport include performance-enhancing drugs, cheating, gamesmanship, and sportsmanship. This edition has been updated and expanded to include sections on gender and race and to provide broader and deeper coverage of this rapidly evolving area.


Praise for the 1st edition of Philosophy of Sport:

Philosophy of Sport: Core Readings provides a fine entry point into the ever-expanding sport philosophy literature. This book is both nimble in its concise presentation of the discipline and functional as a key to further inquiries and critical examinations of sport. Useful to both the student and the seasoned scholar, Holt’s edited collection is a welcome addition to the growing sport philosophy library.” — Peter M. Hopsicker, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona

Philosophy of Sport: Core Readings offers a variety of the most fundamental articles ever published in the field. Jason Holt contextualizes, thematizes, and modernizes the core discussions sport philosophers have had. And he does so using insightful introductory observations, thought-provoking questions, and comments for further exploration that sport philosophy students—the future of the field—can enjoy.” — Chad Carlson, Eastern Illinois University

“A welcome addition to the growing literature in philosophy of sport, this book, in its unique selection of core readings, exposes the reader to each specialty in philosophy of sport, providing a broad exposure to the basic questions in those specialties and an understanding of major attempts to answer these questions.” — Jan Boxill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Readings new to the second edition are listed in bold

Preface to the Second Edition

Part I: The Nature of Sport

  • A. Playing Games
    • 1. Johan Huizinga, “The Nature and Significance of Play”
    • 2. Bernard Suits, “The Elements of Sport”
  • B. Defining Sport
    • 3. John W. Loy, Jr., “The Nature of Sport: A Definitional Effort”
    • 4. Klaus V. Meier, “Triad Trickery: Playing with Sport and Games”
  • C. Sport Epistemology
    • 5. Margaret Steel, “What We Know When We Know a Game”
    • 6. Harry Collins, “The Philosophy of Umpiring and the Introduction of Decision-Aid Technology”
  • D. Digital Sport?
    • 7. Dennis Hemphill, “Cybersport”
    • 8. Jason Holt, “Virtual Domains for Sports and Games”
  • E. Sport Aesthetics
    • 9. David Best, “The Aesthetic in Sport”
    • 10. Stephen Mumford, “Ways of Watching Sport”

Part II: The Ethics of Sport

  • F. Banning Drugs
    • 11. Robert L. Simon, “Good Competition and Drug-Enhanced Performance”
    • 12. J. Savulescu, B. Foddy, and M. Clayton, “Why We Should Allow Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport”
  • G. Breaking Rules
    • 13. Craig K. Lehman, “Can Cheaters Play the Game?”
    • 14. Debra Shogan, “The Prisoner’s Dilemma in Competitive Sport: Moral Decision-Making vs. Prudence”
  • H. Beyond Rules
    • 15. Leslie A. Howe, “Gamesmanship”
    • 16. Randolph M. Feezell, “Sportsmanship”
  • I. Women’s Sport
    • 17. Jane English, “Sex Equality in Sports”
    • 18. Charlene Weaving, “‘Chicks Fighting in a Cage’: A Philosophical Critique of Gender Constructions in the Ultimate Fighting Championship”
  • J. Race Matters
    • 19. Albert Mosley, “Racial Differences in Sports: What’s Ethics Got to Do with It?”
    • 20. Mark Rubinfeld. “The Mythical Jim Thorpe: Re/presenting the Twentieth Century American Indian”

Jason Holt is Professor of Kinesiology at Acadia University. He is author or editor of several books, including Kinetic Beauty: The Philosophical Aesthetics of Sport (Routledge) and The Philosophy of Mixed Martial Arts: Squaring the Octagon (Routledge, co-editor).

  • • Divided into two parts: (I) the nature of sport, (II) the ethics of sport
  • • Each section contains paired readings that either take opposing views in a controversial debate or provide balanced coverage of an area in the field
  • • Each section begins with a unique overview and ends with original discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and possibilities for future research
  • • Features of the Second Edition:
    • o Reading selections have been updated and expanded for greater currency and accessibility
    • o New sections on gender and race have been added