Soccer and Philosophy : Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game


Soccer and Philosophy : Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game



Edited by Ted Richards.

Includes a chapter co-authored by College at Brockport faculty member Cesar R. Torres, Embellishing the ugly side of the beautiful game.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Chicago : Open Court, c2010.

viii, 408 p. : illustrations ; 23 cm.

Series: Popular culture and philosophy ; v. 51


Philosophy | Sports Sciences


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education


Located in Drake Library at: GV943 .S645 2010

CONTENTS: It's a simple game, really / Ted Richards -- Why is football so fascinating? / Paul Hoyningen-Huene -- May the best team win! / Steffen Borge -- Nietzche's arsenal / David Kilpatrick -- Aristotle's favorite sport / Matthew A. Kent -- Plato and the greatness of the game / Antonis Coumoundouros -- Can robots play soccer? / Peter Stone, Michael Quinlan, and Todd Hester -- The hand of God and other soccer-- miracles? / Kirk McDermid -- What's luck got to do with it? / Yuval Eylon and Amir Horowitz -- What's wrong with negative soccer? / Stephen Minister -- He had to bring him down! / David Wall -- Why playing beautifully is morally better / Víctor Durà-Vilà -- How to appreciate the fingertip save / Edward Winters -- Is Ronaldo a modern Picasso? / Tim Elcombe -- Kant at the Maracanã / Luca Vargiu -- Embellishing the ugly side of the beautiful game / Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza and Cesar R. Torres -- Is it rational to support Aston Villa? / David Edward Rose -- The evolution of the football fan and the way of virtue / Andrew Lambert -- Playing the derby / Kristof K.P. Vanhoutte -- Villa till I die! / Anne C. Osborne and Danielle Sarver Coombs -- Tell me how you play and I'll tell you who you are / John Foster -- Barça's treble or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the heat / A. Minh Nguyen -- A 'Messi' way of life / Camilo Olaya, Nelson Lammoglia, and Roberto Zarama -- Hungary's revolutionary golden team / Robert Imre -- Bad luck or the ref's fault? / Robert Northcott -- Kierkegaard at the penalty spot / Andre Krnac -- "It's a lottery!" : penalties and the meaning of winning / Ben Saunders -- The loneliness of the referee / Jonathan Crowe -- God is not a referee / Mohammed Majeed -- The player prophet and the phenomenology of reading the ref / Seth Vannatta -- The boy done good? Football clichés / Tom Grimwood and Paul K. Miller.

Soccer and Philosophy : Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game