The Olympics and Philosophy

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Heather Lynne Reid, Michael W. Austin
University Press of Kentucky, Jun 21, 2012 - Political Science - 295 pages
In 1973, Wilson Carey McWilliams (1933–2005) published The Idea of Fraternity in America, a groundbreaking book that argued for an alternative to America’s dominant philosophy of liberalism. This alternative tradition emphasized that community and fraternal bonds were as vital to the process of maintaining political liberty as was individual liberty. McWilliams expanded on this idea throughout his prolific career as a teacher, writer, and activist, promoting a unique definition of American democracy. In The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader, editors Patrick J. Deneen and Susan J. McWilliams, daughter of the famed intellectual, have assembled key essays, articles, reviews, and lectures that trace McWilliams’s evolution as a scholar and explain his often controversial views on education, religion, and literature. The book also showcases his thoughts and opinions on prominent twentieth-century figures such as George Orwell and Leo Strauss. The first comprehensive volume of Wilson Carey McWilliams’ collected writings, The Democratic Soul will be welcomed by scholars of political science and American political thought as a long-overdue contribution to the field.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Ideal Olympian
7
A Greatness of Olympic Proportions
9
Machiavelli The Olympic Ideal and the Southern Arrow
23
Whats More than Gold
35
Ancient Heritage
47
The Olympics of the Mind
49
Go Tell the Spartans
68
Olympic Boxing
161
Should the Olympics Be the Very Best?
175
Race and Gender Issues
191
The Strong Men Keep a Comin On
193
Olympic Amazons and the Cold War
214
Buns of Gold Silver Bronze
228
Political Power
243
The Ethics of Boycotting the Olympics
245

The Soul of an Olympian
86
Modern Ideals
99
More than Games
101
Olympism between Individualism and Transnationalism
117
Citius Altius Fortius Virtuous
133
Ethical Issues
147
The Olympics and Steroids
149
Sport Patriotism and the Olympic Games
256
Sharing the Moment
273
Contributors
287
Index
293
Series Page
297
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Heather L. Reid is professor and chair of the department of philosophy at Morningside College. She serves on the editorial board of review for the Journal of Philosophy of Sport, and the executive board of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and is the author of Philosophical Athlete: Athletics and Philosophy in the Ancient World and co-author of Aretism: An Ancient Sports Philosophy for the Modern Sports World

Michael W. Austin is associate professor of philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University and serves on the executive board of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. He is the editor of several publications, including Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind and Football and Philosophy: Going Deep.

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