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    Introducing jurisprudence of sport to students of law and philosophy – an impressive and recommendable volume

    The jurisprudence of sport is a fast-developing field of academic study which, unlike sports law, treats sports and games as legal systems to be studied in their own right. Legal philosopher Miroslav Imbrišević is well placed to review Mitchell N. Berman & Richard D. Friedman’s The Jurisprudence of Sport: Sports and Games as Legal Systems (West Academic Publishing), and his knowledgeable and thorough review demonstrates the value of jurisprudence as an area and method of study.

    Is there a Future for Olympic Karate?

    The final bout in the men’s karate (over-75 kg) at the Tokyo Olympics ended with a messy, confusing penalty for a kick that was apparently too spectacular for karate. In his feature article for, Miroslav Imbrišević takes a close look at kick itself and does a close reading of the rule book. Based on the incident at the Games and his own assessment of what happened and why, Imbrišević sees a bleak future for karate in the Olympics.

    To Compete, or not to Compete, that is the Question: Which is Nobler for Transwomen Athletes?

    Miroslav Imbrišević is a political and legal philosopher. Until recently he taught political theory at Heythrop College, University of London. In 2018 he began publishing in philosophy of sport. In this feature article, while acknowledging that the rules allow it, he questions on physiological grounds the choice by transwomen athletes to compete with other women, not least when the athlete in question also is a professor of philosophy.

    What can we learn from Cobra Kai?

    Miroslav Imbrišević, himself a trained martial artist (Tae-Kwon-Do) since the early 80s, just before the first Karate Kid movie premiered, has spent some time of late with the continuation of the Karate Kid saga, namely the successful Cobra Kai television series on Netflix. Season 3 will be released in January 2021 and season 4 is planned. Miroslav’s feature article is in part a review but mostly a reflection on learning and teaching martial arts.

    Fair Play. Journal of Philosophy, Ethics and Sports Law Vol. 18, October 2020

    Fair Play is an electronic journal devoted to the analysis of sport from the point of view of the philosophy, ethics and the theoretical-legal perspective. Beside the philosophical concern, the journal will accept works coming from the legal field. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: PAYING TO BREAK THE RULES: COMPENSATION, RESTITUTION AND THE STRATEGIC FOUL by Miroslav Imbrišević.

    Sporting Propaganda: The Language of Strategic Fouling

    In this piece Miroslav Imbrišević examines the everyday usage of words referring to strategic fouling, as it cuts across various languages. In some languages this rule-violation gave rise to figurative language after the practice became wide-spread. We find euphemisms but also dysphemisms, as well as evaluative language (whose purpose here is to excuse the action). This is important, because ‘if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought’ (as George Orwell observed).

    Why Break the Rules – in Life and in Sport?

    In life there can be good reasons to break the rules. Some sports philosophers have suggested that this also holds for games. In this essay Miroslav Imbrišević compares and contrasts reasons for rule-breaking in life and in sports. Some of my focus will be on recent attempts to defend strategic fouling. Supporters of strategic fouling try to provide a philosophical underpinning for the practice, but they ignore the genealogy of such rule-violations.

    Synthesis Philosophica Vol. 34, 2019, No. 2 | Focus Section: Bioethics and Sport

    Synthesis philosophica publishes – in English, German, and French – articles from all philosophical and to philosophy closely related disciplines, in the framework of planned and announced thematic units, as well as its regular units (studies, book reviews etc). Synthesis philosophica is published as bi-annual. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: ROBERT SIMON AND THE MORALITY OF STRATEGIC FOULING by Miroslav Imbrišević.

    Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, Volume 13, 2019, Issue 3–4 | Bernard Suits’ Legacy: New Inspirations and Interpretations

    Sport, Ethics and Philosophy is an international peer-reviewed journal which publishes original research contributions to scientific knowledge. It publishes high quality articles from a wide variety of philosophical traditions. The journal is particularly open to essays of applied philosophy that engage with issues or practice, policy and scholarship concerning the nature and values of sports.

    The Art of Pushing: Olympic Taekwondo

    In the final of the women’s +73 kg division at the World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester last week (May 15–19, 2019), two-time world champion Bianca Walkden, UK, applied some unsports(wo)manlike tactics against China’s Zheng Shuyin that paid off, much to the anger of the audience. Miroslav Imbrišević, once a Taekwondo performer himself, comments on the events
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