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Philosophical aspects and understandings of association football have been the subject of a few books lately. Stephen Mumford’s Football: The Philosophy Behind the Game (Polity Press) adds an aesthetic dimension to the philosophical gaze, as is his want. Kutte Jönsson reads Mumford’s book in light of the Covid-19 pandemic – It’s hard to do otherwise these days, but this does not reflect badly on the book, on the contrary.
The considerable growth of interest in commerce, media and politics and their relationship to sport in international academia has resulted in academics in various disciplines writing about sport. Sport in Society is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary forum for academics to discuss the growing relationship of sport to significant areas of modern life.
Unsurprisingly, the Royal Institute of Philosophy’s 2012-2013 lecture series was organized around issues in sport. At long last we got round to asking Pam R. Sailors for a review of the book that ensued, Philosophy and Sport, edited by Anthony O’Hear (Cambridge UP), which was good because, as Pam shows most eloquently, it’s quite a valuable collection of essays.
Kenneth Aggerholm has read Cesar R. Torres’ edited volume The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport, where a number of proficient scholars converge and contribute to what amounts to a truly good companion.
Ørnulf Seippel Norsk institutt for forskning om oppvekt, velferd og aldring (NOVA) Stephen Mumford Watching Sport: Aesthetics, ethics and emotion 152 sidor, inb. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2012 (Ethics and Sport) ISBN 978-0-415-37790-4 Dette er en bok som stiller, i denne sammenheng, ganske store spørsmål: Hvorfor ser vi så mye på idrett? eller: hvorfor er vi så fascinert av idrett? Begrepene som brukes for å svare på disse spørsmålene...