Philosophical Athlete

ISBN-10: 0890894051

ISBN-13: 9780890894057

Edition: 2002

Authors: Heather L. Reid

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All athletes experience victory and defeat, but how many truly learn from the experience of sport? For ancient Greek philosophers, sport was an integral part of education. Today, athletics programs remain in schools, but we face a growing gap between the modern sports experience and enduring educational values. This book seeks to bridge that gap by advocating a philosophical approach to the sports experience. Combining issues and ideas from traditional philosophy with contemporary analyses of sport and applied "thinking activities," this book invites athletes to learn about life from their experience of sport. The text works its way from internal reflection to social interaction by addressing four important topics: self-discovery, responsibility, respect, and citizenship. This sequence is important because authentic self-knowledge is an essential foundation for effectively dealing with the personal and social challenges faced by philosophical athletes. Reid discusses specific issues such as violence, racism, and performance-enhancing drugs in their relevant contexts, although philosophical athletes focus on the big picture, approaching each issue from a complete vision of themselves, their moral commitments, and their social roles. Athletes as diverse as the teenage college recruit and the aging weekend-warrior will gain insight into their sports experience and into their lives. This philosophical approach maximizes what we can learn from sport and gives us the best chance for leading better lives because of it.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Publication date: 1/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface: What Is a Philosophical Athlete?
Discovering Your Self
Section Preview: "Know Thyself"
Discovering Yourself as Unique
Chapter Preview: The Art of Being Who You Are
Moments of Challenge: A Lived Question
Alone with Oneself
Confronting Oneself from the Inside-Out
Discovering Yourself as Embodied
Chapter Preview: My Body, My Mind, Myself
Athletic Bodies: From Divine Images to Lab Specimens
Have Athletes Lost Their Minds?
The Athlete's Embodied Self
Discovering Yourself as Free
Chapter Preview: The Experience of Freedom in Sport
Freedom from Physical Reality
Freedom from Psychological Limitations
Freedom Is a Matter of Choice
Taking Responsibility
Section Preview: "Choose Thyself"
Responsibility for Actions and Attitudes
Chapter Preview: Mind Games
Athletic Free Agency: Responsibility for Action
Adopting a Stance on Sport: Responsibility for Perception
Adopting a Stance on Oneself: Responsibility for Self
Taking Responsibility for Life and Death
Chapter Preview: Risking, Losing, Dying
Risking in Sport
Losing: A Metaphor for Death
Taking Responsibility for Values and a Meaning
Chapter Preview: Finding Meaning in the Athletic Life
Getting the Big Picture
Deciding What Matters: Purpose and Worth
Mapping Out a Meaningful Future
Showing Respect
Section Preview: The Ethics of Performance Enhancement
Showing Respect for Your Self
Chapter Preview: Victory and Virtue in Sports
Getting Clear About Goals (Head)
Motivation (Heart)
Discipline and Desire (Gut)
Showing Respect for Others
Chapter Preview: Sport, Violence, and Respect for Others
Showing Respect for Your Sport
Chapter Preview: Can High-Tech Equipment Harm a Sport?
The Rules
The Culture
The Internal Goods
Working with Others
Section Preview: Drugs, Sport and the Just Society
Liberty and Authority
Chapter Preview: Freedom of Expression or Excessive Celebration?
Sport as a Social Contract
Negative Freedoms in Sport
An Athlete's Obligation to Sport
Equality and Difference
Chapter Preview: White Men Can't Jump?
Equality in Sports: Ideal and Real
The Hidden Power of Social Inequality
Equality in the Sports Contract
Chapter Preview: Title IX
Fair Play in the Sports Contract
Rewards, Merit, and Entitlement
What Are the Limits of Fairness?
Selected Bibliography
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