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Practical Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity - 2nd Edition

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9780736001410

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Pub. Date:
1/5/2005
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HUMAN KINETICS PUBLISHERS
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Summary

Philosophy is a crucial, yet often overlooked, part of kinesiology students'education. Practical Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity, Second Edition,provides students with a thorough, clear, and practical introduction to the philosophy of physical activity and sport, and in doing so, prepares them for the ethical questions they will face as professionals.This second edition has been significantly revised, and it has been enhanced to include the following features: -Expanded instruction on practical ethics in physical activity, guiding students in how to rank values and turn those values into actions-New material that emphasizes physical activity as well as sport, and provides specific holistic techniques for the practitioner in the workplace-In-depth case studies along with discussion questions that can be used to teach students how to follow a philosophical argument and come to their own conclusions The case studies, one on running up the score and the other on performance-enhancing substances, are based on two articles that are reprinted in their entirety in the appendix.Practical Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity, Second Edition,helps students examine key moral questions in sport. Its approach to the content helps students follow and dissect ethical arguments, think through philosophic issues, and apply theory to practice. Each chapter includes objectives, philosophical exercises, reviews, and study questions to reinforce understanding. Kretchmar's engaging writing style accentuates important topics of discussion, focusing the readers'attention on the philosophy behind the practice or strategy. As a result, students develop their philosophical skills, refine their personal philosophy concerning physical activity and sport, and learn that philosophy can be clear, practical, and holistic, rather than obscure, overly theoretical, and dualistic.The text is arranged in four parts. Part Iintroduces students to the nature and methods of philosophy. Part IIfocuses on issues relating to the nature of the athlete or client and includes analyses of dualism, scientific materialism, and holism. Part IIIdelves into kinesiology issues, including the nature of play, games, and competition, and Part IVprovides expanded material on ethics, value choices, and active lifestyles.This text provides students with the practical tools and specific techniques they need to think ethically and systematically, as they become skilled practitioners in the field of physical activity and sport. In doing so, it demystifies philosophy and reveals it as the guiding element in our understanding of, and approach to, activity, games, and competitions.

Author Biography

R. Scott Kretchmar is a professor of exercise and sport science at Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xv
PART I The Nature and Methods of Philosophy 1(44)
Chapter 1 Philosophy and Kinesiology
3(20)
The Nature of Philosophy
5(7)
The Case for Philosophy
12(5)
Philosophic Questions
17(3)
Review
20(1)
Looking Ahead
20(1)
Checking Your Understanding
21(2)
Chapter 2 Pursuing Philosophic Answers
23(22)
Initiating a Philosophic Analysis
25(4)
Applying Philosophic Reasoning to Complex Issues
29(10)
Conclusions About Philosophic Reasoning
39(4)
Review
43(1)
Looking Ahead
43(1)
Checking Your Understanding
44(1)
PART II Human Beings and Physical Activity 45(92)
Chapter 3 Mind-Body Dualism
47(16)
Introduction to Dualism
49(1)
Five Kinds of Dualism
50(2)
Assets and Liabilities
52(10)
Review
62(1)
Looking Ahead
62(1)
Checking Your Understanding
62(1)
Chapter 4 Scientific Materialism
63(16)
Introduction to Scientific Materialism
64(2)
Four Kinds of Scientific Materialism
66(3)
Assets and Liabilities
69(8)
Review
77(1)
Looking Ahead
78(1)
Checking Your Understanding
78(1)
Chapter 5 Tournaments of Dualism and Materialism
79(22)
Two Tournaments
80(1)
Tournament of Dualism
81(9)
Tournament of Materialism
90(8)
Review Looking Ahead
98(1)
Checking Your Understanding
99(2)
Chapter 6 Holism
101(18)
Significance of Holism
103(1)
Early Expressions of Holism
104(5)
Five Principles for a New Vision
109(4)
A Horizontal Interpretation
113(4)
Review
117(1)
Looking Ahead
117(1)
Checking Your Understanding
118(1)
Chapter 7 Holism: From Theory to Practice
119(18)
Four Implications of Holism
120(6)
Five Holistic Strategies
126(8)
Review
134(1)
Looking Ahead
134(1)
Checking Your Understanding
135(2)
PART III The Subject Matter of Kinesiology 137(44)
Chapter 8 Creating Movement Playgrounds
139(20)
The Case for Health Through Active Living
141(6)
The Nature of Play
147(3)
Finding and Growing Playgrounds
150(4)
Growing Players and Playgrounds
154(3)
Review
157(1)
Looking Ahead
158(1)
Checking Your Understanding
158(1)
Chapter 9 Understanding Games, Competition, and Winning
159(22)
The Nature of Games
161(9)
The Value of Competition
170(4)
Other Forms of Movement
174(3)
Scientized Movement and Cultural Activity
177(3)
Review
180(1)
Looking Ahead
180(1)
Checking Your Understanding
180(1)
PART IV Ethics, Value Choices, and the Good Life 181(74)
Chapter 10 Developing Sound Professional Ethics
183(22)
Introduction to Ethics
185(1)
Developing Moral Confidence
186(5)
Developing Good Moral Attitudes and Habits
191(12)
Review
203(1)
Looking Ahead
204(1)
Checking Your Understanding
204(1)
Chapter 11 Physical Activity and the Good Life
205(26)
The Good Life
206(4)
Why Prioritize Values?
210(9)
Making Value Choices
219(3)
Ranking Values
222(7)
Review
229(1)
Looking Ahead
230(1)
Checking Your Understanding
230(1)
Chapter 12 The Active Lifestyle
231(24)
Health and Fun. Powerful Extrinsic Values
232(7)
Knowledge and Skill: Powerful Intrinsic Values
239(7)
Four Versions of the Active Lifestyle
246(6)
Summary: The Good Life, Health, and Movement
252(1)
Review
253(1)
Checking Your Understanding
254(1)
Appendix: Case Studies 255(31)
Bibliography 286(7)
Index 293(10)
About the Author 303


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