Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box

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Eric Bronson
Open Court, 2004 - Philosophy - 350 pages
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Baseball and Philosophy brings together two high-powered pastimes: the sport of baseball and the academic discipline of philosophy. Eric Bronson asked eighteen young professors to provide their profound analysis of some aspect of baseball. The result offers surprisingly deep insights into this most American of games.
The contributors include many of the leading voices in the burgeoning new field of philosophy of sport, plus a few other talented philosophers with a personal interest in baseball. A few of the contributors are also drawn from academic areas outside philosophy: statistics, law, and history.
This volume gives the thoughtful baseball fan substancial material to think more deeply about. What moral issues are raised by the Intentional Walk? Do teams sometimes benefit from the self-interested behavior of their individual members? How can Zen be applied to hitting? Is it ethical to employ deception in sports? Can a game be defined by its written rules or are there also other constraints? What can the U.S. Supreme Court learn from umpiring? Why should baseball be the only industry exempt from antitrust laws? What part does luck play in any game of skill?

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Review: Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box (Popular Culture and Philosophy #6)

User Review  - Josiahzahina - Goodreads

Great book that reignited a love for baseball through a romantic philosophical approach to the game Read full review

Review: Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box (Popular Culture and Philosophy #6)

User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

I have a feeling that this is a good book and I'm just missing the point. I had a heck of a time staying awake! But what's fun is seeing the emails from the guy in our book club who chose it and who ... Read full review

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Eric Bronson heads the philosophy and history departments at Berkeley College in New York City. He coedited The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy and contributed to The Simpsons and Philosophy and Seinfeld and Philosophy. He lives in new York City.

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