Football and Philosophy
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Over the past forty years, football has surpassed baseball as America's favorite game. The game has become an institution of our national culture: the Super Bowl is regarded as an unofficial national holiday, and our annual Thanksgiving Day celebrations would be incomplete without it. The sport brings in massive amounts of revenue to high schools and both public and private universities as spectators enjoy a unique and celebratory social scene. Professional football teams across the country cultivate and foster a sense of community in urban areas. Surely a game this influential, with its hallowed traditions, treasured festivities, and clearly defined cultural presence, resonates far beyond recreational importance. Football and Philosophy: Going Deep, edited by Michael W. Austin, reveals how a sport followed by millions reflects our deeper values, beliefs, and priorities. Austin and other contributing writers bring unique perspectives to this thought-provoking collection of essays. Divided into "four quarters" of reflective writing, the book covers many topics frequently debated by football fans. Sharon Ryan asks "What's So Bad about Performance Enhancing Drugs?", while the book's editor argues for a playoff system in college football. Daniel Collins-Cavanaugh ponders whether the salary cap makes the NFL a fairer league, and Joshua Smith offers his own review of the instant replay. Football and Philosophy also forays into some time honored issues as it considers the philosophy of winning in light of the NFL's most legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, and contemplates the concepts of sportsmanship, virtue, friendship, and failure. While the book is unafraid to tackle serious topics, touching on ethics, religion, and the nature of reality itself, the collection is designed to be accessible for any interested reader and was written, first and foremost, for fans of the game. As Austin notes, football fans and philosophers definitely have one quality in common: they both love to argue. Football and Philosophy engages in the debates of both groups, illuminating how the fields are intertwined. So whether they love or hate the college bowl system or disagree on whether the NFL has an ego problem, readers of this book will undoubtedly find much to ponder about America's favorite game.
Vince Lombardi and the Philosophy of Winning Raymond Belliotti On Fumbling the Ball Jeff Fry Football and FriendshipDaniel B. Gallagher Inside the Helmet: What Do Football Players Know?R. Douglas Geivett The Beauty of FootballScott ParkerVirtue and Violence: Can a Good Football Player Be a Good Person? Scott Davison What's So Bad about Performance-enhancing Drugs?Sharon RyanCheatingMyles Brand and Marshall Swain "They Don't Pay Nobody to Be Humble!" Football's Ego ProblemM. Andrew Holowchak Crowning a True Champion: The Case for a College Football Playoff Michael W. Austin Heroes of the Coliseum Heather L. Reid A True MVPStephen Kershnar Upon Further Review: Instant Replay Is an All or Nothing Affair Joshua Smith Does the Salary Cap Make the NFL a Fairer League?Daniel Collins-Cavanaugh Is the Gridiron Holy Ground? Mark Hamilton Touchdowns, Time, and Truth Joseph Keim Campbell Feel the Big Mo' Ben Letson
""Austin and his fellow contributors give new meaning to the phrase 'going deep.' Fans will enjoy this lively and thought-provoking collection." "explores philosophical themes and ideas." --Gregory Bassham" --
""This is a brilliant collection of essays, engaging in philosophical reflection on issues and arguments that arise in American football. The essays are insightful and informative, as well as provocative and entertaining. A deeply satisfying read." -- Charles Taliaferro, author of Consciousness and the Mind of God" --
""The authors apply philosophical thinking to some current issues in football -- whether winning is "the only thing," whether we should have a playoff system in college football, whether instant replay is a good idea, whether using steroids is cheating..." --Books & Culture" --
""Football and Philosophy forays into some time honored issues as it considers the philosophy of winning in light of the NFL's most legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, and contemplates the concepts of sportsmanship, virtue, friendship, and failure. While the book is unafraid to tackle serious topics, toughing on ethics, religion, and the nature of reality itself, the collection is designed to be accessible for any interested reader and was written, first and foremost, for fans of the game." --GreatLiteraryWorks.com" --