Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box


Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box



Edited by Eric Bronson.

Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member R. Scott Kretchmar: Walking Barry Bonds.

Now philosophy finds its real home — in the dugout. In Baseball and Philosophy, 18 professors — some from the new field devoted to the philosophy of sport, others unapologetic baseball fans — explore the sport's deeper aspects. How can Zen be applied to hitting? Do you play to win or play by the rules? 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? These are some of the questions addressed in this witty, provocative blend of two major American pastimes: watching baseball and thinking about it.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Chicago, illustrations : Open Court, c2004.

xiii, 350 p. : illustrations ; 23 cm.

Series: Popular culture and philosophy ; 6




Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education


Located in Drake Library at: GV867.64 .B365 2004

CONTENTS: There's no place like home! / Joe Kraus --Minnesota's Homer Hanky jurisprudence / Paul Horan and Jason Solomon --Should cubs fans be committed? / Thomas D. Senor --Taking one for the team / Willie Young --There are no ties at first base / Ted Cohen --Taking umpiring seriously / J.S. Russell --Baseball, cheating, and tradition / Randolph Feezell --There's no lying in baseball (wink, wink) / Mark J. Hamilton --Democracy and dissent / Eric Bronson --Baseball and the search for an American moral identity / William J. Morgan --Negro leagues and the contradictions of social Darwinsim / Alex Ruck and Rob Ruck --We're American too / Pellom McDaniels --Zen of hitting / Gregory Bassham --Japanese baseball and its warrior ways / Michael Brannigan --Numbers game / Jay Bennett and Aryn Martin --Women playing hardball / Leslie Heaphy --Walking Barry Bonds / R. Scott Kretchhmar --Socrates at the ballpark / Heather L. Reid.

Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box