By Eric Bronson
Baseball and Philosophy brings jointly high-powered interests: the game of baseball and the tutorial self-discipline of philosophy. Eric Bronson requested eighteen younger professors to supply their profound research of a few point of baseball. the outcome bargains strangely deep insights into this such a lot American of games.
The members comprise the various top voices within the burgeoning new box of philosophy of recreation, plus a number of different proficient philosophers with a private curiosity in baseball. the various participants also are drawn from educational parts outdoors philosophy: information, legislation, and history.
This quantity offers the considerate baseball fan enormous fabric to imagine extra deeply approximately. What ethical matters are raised by way of the Intentional stroll? Do groups occasionally enjoy the self-interested habit in their person individuals? How can Zen be utilized to hitting? Is it moral to hire deception in activities? Can a video game be outlined by means of its written ideas or are there additionally different constraints? What can the U.S. perfect court docket research from umpiring? Why may still baseball be the single exempt from antitrust legislation? What half does success play in any video game of ability?
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Given his antipathy toward phoniness, it’s ironic (or “ironical” as Holden would put it) how insincere Holden himself often is. Holden admits to us (his readers) that he constantly lies to other people. In fact, he claims to be “the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life” (3, p. 22). When he meets the mother of a classmate on the train to New York City, Holden begins by lying to her about his name. Then he describes to her in great detail what a good guy her son is despite the fact that he actually thinks that old Ernest Morrow is “the biggest bastard that ever went to Pencey” (8, p.
Foucault walked right into the trap and had to leave the country or else go to prison. Similarly, the irritation that Holden feels every time an older man makes a pass at him is also wrapped in ambiguity. Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, suggestions are made that Holden had developed some strong bonds with fellow students, bonds that might be a bit more than mere camaraderie. Some readers have read in Holden’s fierce reaction to Antolini, who, as far as we know, is doing nothing more than sitting by Holden’s side and stroking his hair, a reaction against the feelings towards some fellow students that had been growing in him.
251). While young Alcibiades arrogantly turns down all his suitors one by one, not without a slight feeling of satisfaction, Holden reacts to them by running away in total panic: “Boy, I was shaking like a madman. I was sweating, too. When something perverty like that happens, I start sweating like a bastard” (25, p. 251). This unexpected turn of events has a profound impact on Holden’s relation to Antolini as a teacher from whom he would accept important advice. All he wanted to do was to forget about the creep.
Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box (Popular Culture and Philosophy) by Eric Bronson