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A Philosopher Looks at Sport

Stephen Mumford



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Cambridge University Press
20 May 2021
Why is sport so important among participants and spectators when its goals seem so pointless? Stephen Mumford's book introduces the reader to a host of philosophical topics found in sport, and argues that sports activities reflect diverse human experiences - including important values that we continue to contest. The author explores physicality, competition, how sport is best defined, ethics in sport, and issues of inclusion such as disability sports, the gender divide, and transgender athletes. His book is written for anyone who is thoughtful, a sports enthusiast, or both, and will deepen our understanding of sport and its place in our lives. This new series offers short and personal perspectives by expert thinkers on topics that we all encounter in our everyday lives.
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   190g
ISBN:   9781108994934
ISBN 10:   1108994938
Series:   Philosopher looks
Pages:   150
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Physicality; 2. Competition; 3. Definition; 4. Spectacle; 5. Ethics; 6. Inclusion.

Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics at Durham University. He is the author of numerous books including Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotion (2011), Metaphysics: a Very Short Introduction (2012), and Football: the Philosophy Behind the Game (2019).

Reviews for A Philosopher Looks at Sport

'...thoughtful and intelligently written.' Houman Barekat, TLS

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