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. Specific issues such as violence, racism, and performance-enhancing drugs will be discussed in their relevant contexts, though 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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Heather L. Reid holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and currently serves as chair and associate professor of philosophy at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. 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. An intercollegiate cycling champion on both track and road, Reid won medals in the California State Games, was selected for camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and qualified for the final Olympic trials in 1984 and 1988.
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Descrizione libro Carolina Academic Pr, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0890894051
Descrizione libro Carolina Academic Pr, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 295 pages. 8.75x6.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria 0890894051