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Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box (Popular Culture and Philosophy #6)

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Baseball and Philosophy brings together two high-powered pastimes: the sport of baseball and the academic discipline of philosophy. Eric Bronson asked eighteen young professors to provide their profound analysis of some aspect of baseball. The result offers surprisingly deep insights into this most American of games.
The contributors include many of the leading voices in th
Paperback, 334 pages
Published January 9th 2004 by Open Court
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“Baseball, like philosophy itself, is wisdom loving and knowledge seeking, an activity that aims not just for information but also for understanding. The game will answer questions about individual performances, season standings, and the effect of new grass in the outfield, but these answers are only partial and temporal resolutions of the initial uncertainty. Bigger questions loom.”

Baseball and Philosophy asks and answers many important questions, such as, “who would make the better shortstop,
This is a book about baseball. I say that because it may appear to really be about philosophy, but the baseball is key. I'm reading it as part of a book club and it was better than I expected, but to be fair, I'm not and never have been a baseball fan. That being said, I actually did find myself enjoying the book more than I thought, though I scanned several chapters that weren't as interesting. The chapters on Japan, Buddhism, women and baseball, and the Negro Leagues were my favorites. What br ...more
Caleb Parker
I rated this book with some bias because I like baseball. I don’t care for philosophy much, however this book is an exception. This book has lead me to like philosophy. I like the ideas, the ideas of how things work. It can on and on about a topic, but this can be a problem for me. It often goes too deep on some ideas. I like things that are fast and quick to the point so this is not the book for me. If you can tolerate what seems to be babble for an extra 2 pages of why home is considered home ...more
Sean Asbury
I really thought that this was going to be a very good book about baseball, morals and strategy. While it had a few good quotes and ideas, most of the book was jumbled garble. The authors for every section were different and all had different writing styles so there wasn't a clear voice nor direction.

Some of the chapters on Japanese baseball and how their morals impact the game were bright spots but most were just weak.
I have a feeling that this is a good book and I'm just missing the point. I had a heck of a time staying awake! But what's fun is seeing the emails from the guy in our book club who chose it and who will lead the discussion Saturday evening. He is pumped! Plus, we're all bringing baseball game foods. So for those reasons, I give it 5 stars! ...more
Great book that reignited a love for baseball through a romantic philosophical approach to the game
Some very intersting essays and musings, but also a lot of verbose philosophizing that wasn't all that connected to baseball.
Too much of a good thing. A few were interesting, but serious overkill rules the day in this series.
For me, this was the best from a series of books that merged pop culture and philosophy.
This is a great book. Some interesting connections between baseball and our culture.
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Eric Bronson is the author or editor of six books. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and currently teaches in the Humanities Department at York University in Toronto. His classes on Modern Life focus on anxiety, creativity, and happiness.

The Chicago Sun Times noted that Bronson's "Baseball and Philosophy makes you realize just how fun thinking about baseball really is."

His most recent book, King of Rag
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