- Filip Kobiela
- José Luis Pérez Triviño
- Francisco Javier López Frías
Ten years after the death of Bernard Suits (1925-2007), the influence of his ideas on the philosophy of sport is still very strong. Only in 2016, three new translations (into Chinese, Japanese and Polish) of Suits’ masterpiece – The Grasshopper: Game, Life, and Utopia – have been published. This indicates growing popularity of his philosophy around the world. Several new articles, dissertations, and book chapters shed new light on Suits’s legacy and – what is especially important – show that his ideas not only belong to the well-established philosophical body of knowledge of game, play, and sport, but they are also a vital part of current philosophical debates. There are still some controversies, and new challenges appear, creating a space for discussion.
This special issue of Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy is dedicated to philosophical and moral questions related to Bernard Suit’s legacy. We welcome in particular papers dealing with new ideas and interpretations of Suits. The following topics and question could be addressed in more detail:
- Suits’s definition of game playing and its applicability to different types sport (judged sports, mind-sports, e-sport);
- Suits’s formalism and logical incompatibility thesis;
- Suits’s account of constitutive rules;
- The lusory attitude. Definitions of play and problems of professionalism/amateurism;
- The distinction between lusory and prelusory goal and its consequences;
- Suits’s vision of Utopia and moral ideal of man;
- The “Tricky triad” and the controversy over the game status of judged sports;
- Games, morality and Suits’ analysis of life as game and morality as game metaphors;
- Philosophical polemics: Suits vs Wittgenstein, Caillois, Berne, Kolnai, McBride, etc.;
- The integrity of content and form of Suits’s work: use of Aesop’s fable, “ludic” dialogues, illustrative tales, word play.
Those interested in contributing with a manuscript to the special issue, please, submit a tentative title and a brief abstract for review (500 words) to the editors.
- Abstract submission deadline: October 30, 2017
- Notification of abstract acceptance: November 30, 2017
- Full manuscript submission deadline: May 30, 2018
- Publication: End of 2018/Early 2019
Length: 6,000-8,000 words (inclusive of references and notes).
Further information about the journal: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rsep20
Instructions for authors: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rsep20
1) Bernard Suits’s works:
Suits, B. (1967a). What is a Game? “Philosophy of Science”, 34, 148-56.
Suits, B. (1967b). Is Life a Game We are Playing? “Ethics”, 77, 209-13.
Suits, B. (1969). Games and Paradox, “Philosophy of Science”, 36, 316-21.
Suits, B. (1973a). The Elements of Sport, in: (ed.) Osterhoudt R., The philosophy of sport: A collection of original essays, Thomas, Springfield, IL.
Suits, B. (1973b). The Grasshopper: A Thesis Concerning the Moral Ideal of Man, in: Osterhoudt R., The philosophy of sport: A collection of original essays, Thomas, Springfield, IL.
Suits, B. (1974). Aristotle on the Function of Man, “Canadian Journal of Philosophy”, 4, 23-40.
Suits, B. (1977). Appendix I: Words on Play, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 4, 117-31.
Suits, B. (1978). The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia, University of Toronto Press, Toronto. (first edition)
Suits, B. McBride and Paddick on The Grasshopper, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, vol. VIII: 1981, 70-78.
Suits, B. (1982). Sticky Wickedness: Games and Morality, “Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review”, 21, 755-60.
Suits, B. (1984a). The Grasshopper: Posthumous Reflections on Utopia. In: (eds). Alexander, Peter and Roger Gill, Utopias, Gerald Duckworth & Co., Ltd, London, 197-209.
Suits, B. (1984b). Games and Utopia: Posthumous Reflections. “Simulation and Games”, 15 1 (March), 5-24.
Suits, B. (1985). The Detective Story. A case Study of Games in Literature, “Canadian Review of Comparative Literature“, XII.2, 200-219.
Suits, B. (1988a). On McBride on the Definition of Games, in: Philosophic Inquiry in Sport, ed. William J. Morgan and Klaus V. Meier, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 55–62.
Suits, B. (1988b). Tricky Triad: Games, Play, and Sports, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 15, 1-9.
Suits, B. (1989). The Trick of the Disappearing Goal, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 16, 1-12.
Suits, B. (2004). Venn and the Art of Category Maintenance, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 31.1, 1-14.
Suits, B. (2005). The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia, Orchard Park, NY: Broadview Press Ltd. (second edition)
Suits, B. (2006). Games and their Institutions in The Grasshopper, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 33.1, 1-8.
Suits, B. (2014). The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia, Broadview Press, Peterborough. (third edition)
2) Works concerning Bernard Suits’s philosophy