Golf As Meaningful Play: A Philosophical Guide by Walter Thomas SchmidGolf As Meaningful Play: A Philosophical Guide by Walter Thomas Schmid

Golf As Meaningful Play: A Philosophical Guide

byWalter Thomas Schmid

Hardcover | May 9, 2017

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Golf as Meaningful Play offers a philosophical introduction to golf as a sporting practice and source of personal meaning. It is intended both for scholars interested in the philosophy of sport, and for intellectually curious golfers who seek a better understanding of the game. This book describes the physical, emotional, mental, and ethical aspects of the game and how they influence golf instruction. It looks at golf as play, game, sport, and spectacle, discusses golf's heroes, communities, and traditions, and analyzes the role of the virtues in golf, linking them to self-fulfillment, the ultimate good of golf experience. The book concludes with discussions of classic works of golf literary and film art, including Caddyshack, Missing Links, Tin Cup, and Golf in the Kingdom, which celebrate its follies and glories. The fact that golf can serve as a playful laboratory to test oneself is a deep part of the game's attraction. Golf, if played well, conveys an experience which unites happiness, excellence, and interpersonal flourishing. This book strives to give an account of golf both as it is and as it ought to be-how golfers may improve their games and even themselves, in meaningful play.
Walter Thomas Schmid is professor of philosophy at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Title:Golf As Meaningful Play: A Philosophical GuideFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9.46 × 6.19 × 0.8 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1498550088

ISBN - 13:9781498550086

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Table of Contents

Photo AcknowledgementsAcknowledgementsPreface Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: The Idea of the Shot Chapter 3: The Sport of Golf Chapter 4: Communities and TraditionsChapter 5: The Virtues of GolfChapter 6: The Play of ImaginationA Selection of Golf QuotesBibliographyAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

It is widely believed that golf has stimulated a more varied literature than any other game. Golf as Meaningful Play encompasses this impressive variety as thoroughly as any book I've read, opening windows into many of its mysteries. After reading it, if you're a golfer, you will see the game in new ways. If you're not, you may well be amazed.