The Philosophy of Sport: The basics.

I have a contract with Bloomsbury to produce a text book on the philosophy of sport. This seems quite timely as with the London 2012 Olympics, I have received many requests recently to discuss philosophical and ethical issues in sport, as well as being invited by the Royal Institute of Philosophy to give a lecture as part of their Philosophy of Sport series.

So I’m going to use this blog as a medium in which to get things going on my book. Here’s a summary of content:

The aim of this book is to provide an accessible but comprehensive guide to the main issues in the philosophy of sport. It will cover key issues, ideas and literature in the philosophy of sport, including the concept and definition of sport, the relationship between sport and the body, the aesthetic value of sport, as well as an overview of several contemporary ethical concerns in sport including doping, violence and sexual equality. This will be complemented by short interviews with experts, questions to aid revision, an extensive glossary and suggestions for further reading.

The book is due to be published sometime in 2014 – though it’ll probably be towards the end of the year.

If you’ve got any specific thoughts or questions on what’s going to be included then get in touch.

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Fabric of the Cosmos

I finally finished a book that I’ve been reading for the past two years… and it’s one of the most thought provoking I’ve ever read. Hence the fact that it took me two years… after every page I read, I’d have to put the book down and exercise my brain in thought trying to comprehend the ideas involved.

Anyway, I lent it to a colleague today, saying that if I had a bible this would be it. And I really meant it. It is the most incredible book that gives a real explanation of the concepts of space and time. Something that is pretty hard to do, as I’m sure you’re well aware.

What I loved about it was that it was so well structured in terms of providing almost an historical account of the ideas of space and time. This meant that the further through the book you read, the deeper the comprehension of these topics. Essentially, the fundamental questions behind the book were the philosophical ones of ‘is space a something?’ and what is its relationship to time (hence its title: Fabric of the Cosmos). The last chapter was truly philosophical in a consideration of both time travel (time travel forward is relatively easy, it is time travel into the past which is much more difficult), and my favourite, teleportation (I have thought for many years now that if we could just invent a teleportation device, all our transport worries would be solved… okay well maybe not all our worries since we would probably worry about actually getting to where we want to go, let alone surviving the teleportation in one piece).

So what is this great book?

Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene.

 

Fabric of the Cosmos Book Cover

Fabric of the Cosmos Book Cover

 

Absolutely brilliant – go out and buy it!