What Sport Is and Is Not

Martin Bertman
September 8th, 2005, 8:00 to 9:00 pm
Bentley 140

bertman_SThe philosophy of sport is a neglected field, despite the great interest in sport. This lecture defines it, showing it to be the creation of a world by rules that provides stable expectations for the audience and yet, as a game within those rules, it provides the unpredictable excitement of play. Further, sport in its cultural import will be discussed, including the historical traces of the Greek Olympics and the Roman Gladitorial contests; also. discussed will be the distinctions between individual and team sports, sports that use machines or animals, and sports with an aesthetic element for measuring victory.

Professor Martin Bertman, Ph.d was educated at Syracuse, Columbia and Princeton Universities. He has been a member of the Philosophy Faculty of Helsinki University, Finland since 1995 and has lectured in ove 50 European universities. He has been NEH Professor at University of Scranton 1980-81 and Distinguished Visiting Professor at California State University 1981-83. He is President of the International Hobbes Association and Editor-in-Chief of Hobbes Studies. He has published 5 books and 90 articles on various philosophical subjects, including sport. He is an associate faculty member of the Institute for the History and Law of Sport of Univesita di Teramo, Italy.

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