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Games, Sports, and Play: Philosophical Essays

Thomas Hurka


This volume contains philosophical essays on the neglected topic, at least in most recent philosophy, of games, sports, and play. Some of the essays address conceptual questions about what games and sports have in common that makes them such and that distinguishes them from other activities. Here many take their start from Bernard Suits’s celebrated analysis of game-playing in his book The Grasshopper, either to elaborate his analysis or to propose an alternative to it. Other essays address normative questions that can arise within these activities, for example about fairness in games and spor ... More

Keywords: Suits, The Grasshopper, game, play, sport, fairness, utopia

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198798354
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798354.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Hurka, editor
Chancellor Henry N.R. Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies, University of Toronto

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Thomas Hurka

Part I The Concepts “Game” and “Play”

1 Suits on Games

Thomas Hurka

Part II The Concept “Sport”

Part III Fairness in Sports and Games

8 The Fragility of Fairness

Lauren Bialystok and Mark Kingwell

Part IV The Value of Games and Sports

10 Return of the Grasshopper

Bernard Suits (deceased)

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