Monday, February 16, 2009

Soccer & Philosophy

Call for Abstracts
Soccer and Philosophy*

We are looking for scholarly philosophical essays written for a lay
audience to be included in Soccer and Philosophy, to be published by
Open Court Publishing Company as part of their successful Popular
Culture and Philosophy series (for more information on the series, see

Essays can deal with philosophical topics relating to any aspect of
the sport, its history, its teams, coaches, referees, and supporters.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Soccer Illuminating Philosophy, e.g.:

  • Pele, Plato, and the Form of Perfection
  • "Going for Goal", or Aristotelian Teleology in the Modern Game
  • If Sartre Played Midfield, or the Pass-in-Itself vs. the Pass-for-
  • Intention and Involvement in an Offside Position

Philosophy Illuminating Soccer, e.g.:

  • The Existential Anguish/Bliss of a Nil-Nil Game
  • The Aesthetics of the Beautiful Game
  • Can the Professional Foul Be Beautiful?
  • Multi-agent Decision Making and the Back-Heel Pass

Soccer as a Microcosm of Larger Cultural Issues, e.g.:

  • Divine Intervention, the Abdication of Responsibility, and
    Maradona’s “Hand of God”
  • Social Justice and the Democracy of Talent in Professional Soccer
  • Justified Violence, Zinedine Zidane and the Loss of Reason
  • Ethics vs. Pragmatics as Exemplified in the Play of Marco Materazzi

National Character in Soccer and Philosophy, e.g.:

  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Lothar Matthäus, and the German Ideal of Soccer
  • Personal Identity, Roles, and the “Total Football” of the 1970s
    Dutch National Team
  • Humean Skepticism and English Long-Ball Football

Please submit an Abstract (100-750 words) and CV (for each author/
coauthor) for consideration electronically to Ted Richards at:

Deadline for abstracts is 30 March 2009.

Acceptances will be notified by 15 April 2009. If selected, the
deadline for a 1st draft (roughly 12-18 pages, double spaced) would be
30 June 2009. The editor and press hope to have the volume on the
shelves for the 2010 World Cup Finals.

* Negotiations ongoing to title the book Football and Philosophy
outside of the United States and Canada.

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