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Basketball and philosophy : thinking outside the paint

Author: Jerry L Walls; Gregory Bassham
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2007.
Series: Philosophy of popular culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
A collection of essays explores the ways basketball evokes a multitude of philosophical issues and questions.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
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Basketball and philosophy.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2007
Online version:
Basketball and philosophy.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2007
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry L Walls; Gregory Bassham
ISBN: 9780813124353 0813124352 9780813191867 0813191866
OCLC Number: 76937320
Description: xii, 286 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Tip-off : hoops, pop culture, and philosophy --
First quarter : baseline values, enduring lessons --
Building communities one gym at a time : communitarianism and the decline of small-town basketball / Stephen H. Webb --
To hack or not to hack? (the big) Aristotle, excellence, and moral decision-making / Thomas D. Kennedy --
Basketball purists : blind sentimentalists or insightful critics? / R. Scott Kretchmar --
Hardwood dojos : what basketball can teach us about character and success / Gregory Bassham and Mark Hamilton --
What would Machiavelli do? Confronting the strategic cheater in pickup basketball / Regan Lance Reitsma --
Basketball, violence, forgiveness, and healing / Luke Witte --
The breaks of the game : luck and fairness in basketball / Scott A. Davison --
The beauty of the game / Peg Brand and Myles Brand --
Second quarter : prime-time players, coaches, and sages --
The Zen master and the big Aristotle : cultivating a philosopher in the low post / Fritz Allhoff and Anand J. Vaidya --
Wilt versus Russell : excellence on the hardwood / David K. O'Connor --
The wizard versus the general : why Bob Knight is a greater coach than John Wooden / Jerry L. Walls --
Third quarter : shooting from the perimeter --
The dao of hoops / Dirk Dunbar --
Hoop dreams, blacktop realities : basketball's role in the social construction of black manhood / Bernard Jackson Jr. --
She got game : basketball and the perfectly developed woman / Deborah A. Wallace and James M. Wallace --
Fourth quarter : metaphysical madness --
Shooting with confidence / Kevin Kinghorn --
The hot hand in basketball : illusion or reality? / Steven D. Hales --
Philosophers can't jump : reflections on living time and space in basketball / Tim Elcombe --
Playing for the same team again / Matthew H. Slater and Achille C. Varzi --
Plato and Aristotle on the role of soul in taking the rock to the hole / Daniel B. Gallagher --
The basket that never was / Thomas P. Flint --
Hoosiers and the meaning of life / Michael L. Peterson --
The lineup.
Series Title: Philosophy of popular culture.
Responsibility: edited by Jerry L. Walls and Gregory Bassham ; with a foreword by Dick Vitale.


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