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Product Details

  • Series: The Philosophy of Popular Culture
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (May 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813192196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813192192
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vince Lombardi—who relished his undergraduate studies in philosophy—would have loved this book. Where else can a reader find Lombardi’s own winning-is-everything approach to the gridiron assessed against the doctrines of Nietzsche and Marx? Where else will a defensive end blindsiding a quarterback prompt Kantian reflections on ethics? And where else does Augustine’s vision of “rightly ordered love” inform a critique of the civil religion practiced in American football stadiums? The 19 contributors to this engaging volume bring strong academic credentials to their diverse analyses. But it is their intense love of the sport that will attract most readers. Typical football fans may pause before taking Epictetus or Aristotle as a guide to their favorite game. However, the insights here developed on the justice of a playoff system for college football, on the problems created by instant replay, and on the right criteria for selecting an MVP will make this a valuable book for anyone who engages in arguments about sports with a Lombardi-like desire to win. --Bryce Christensen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


""Austin and his fellow contributors give new meaning to the phrase 'going deep.' Fans will enjoy this lively and thought-provoking collection." "explores philosophical themes and ideas." --Gregory Bassham" --

""This is a brilliant collection of essays, engaging in philosophical reflection on issues and arguments that arise in American football. The essays are insightful and informative, as well as provocative and entertaining. A deeply satisfying read." -- Charles Taliaferro, author of Consciousness and the Mind of God" --

""The authors apply philosophical thinking to some current issues in football -- whether winning is "the only thing," whether we should have a playoff system in college football, whether instant replay is a good idea, whether using steroids is cheating..." --Books & Culture" --

""Football and Philosophy forays into some time honored issues as it considers the philosophy of winning in light of the NFL's most legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, and contemplates the concepts of sportsmanship, virtue, friendship, and failure. While the book is unafraid to tackle serious topics, toughing on ethics, religion, and the nature of reality itself, the collection is designed to be accessible for any interested reader and was written, first and foremost, for fans of the game."" --

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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on July 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There were two terrific essays in this book: one about the college playoff system and one about the effect of the NFL salary cap on competition. The rest of the essays were nothing special.
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