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Knowing the Score: How Sport teaches us about Philosophy (and Philosophy about Sport) Paperback – 4 May 2017

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (4 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472123549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472123541
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Entertaining . . . cogent and elegantly expressed . . . Papineau emerges as an intelligent, engaging companion and one with essentially sound judgment . . . Knowing the Score is a philosopher's eulogy to his preferred form of recreation, where playing sport becomes a virtue in itself . . . If you agree with this statement, as I do, then in Knowing the Score you'll find much to enjoy (Richard Beard The Times)

The first time that a world-class philosopher has written a book entirely devoted to sport . . . a scintillating read . . . a marvellous overview of an important subject . . . Above all, this book will strengthen the conviction of those who argue that sport does not merely provide marvellous entertainment but shines a light on fascinating aspects of the human condition (Matthew Syed The Times)

Philosophy and sports would seem to be as different as chalk and cheese. In fact, as David Papineau demonstrates in Knowing the Score, they complement each other, like macaroni and cheese. In 18 brief, clear, stimulating essays, the author, an accomplished philosopher by trade and an enthusiastic sportsman by avocation, shows how the sports we play and follow illuminate such matters as citizenship, the rule of law, cooperation, tradition, and race and ethnicity - that is, the important and enduring issues of social and political life (Michael Mandelbaum)

This is what happens when a top philosopher with a razor-sharp analytical intelligence, a wicked sense of humour, and a clear-as-gin prose style takes on the world of sports, which he passionately loves both as a player and fan. Reading Papineau is like having the best sports-bar conversation ever. I was awed by his insights when I wasn't laughing at his anecdotes (Jim Holt)

Excellent on the issues of nationhood and nationality in international sport. He writes with vigour on the collision between sport and money . . . intelligent, plausible investigation (Mail on Sunday)

Valuable insight (Simon Kuper Spectator)

David Papineau's book is an important contribution to our thinking about sports, society, psychology, and moral philosophy. But it is also much more than that. Gripping from start to finish, it is a terrific read full of humour and good sense. You don't even have to like sports to enjoy it (Ian Buruma)

Engaging (Michael Shermer The Wall Street Journal Europe)

Entertaining, innovative and rewarding (Michael Wheeler Times Literary Supplement)

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