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Soccer and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9676-9


416 pages

Spring 2010

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Soccer and Philosophy

Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game

Edited by Ted Richards
Volume 51 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Now available in Amazon Kindle format

“Soccer is inside me—it’s part of who I am. It’s a window into lives all around the world. Soccer and Philosophy is a passionate exploration of the meaning of soccer seen through the eyes of some of the greatest thinkers. Whether you’re a player, a coach, a soccer mom, a referee, or a fan, this is a must read book.”

 — Ethan Zohn, Winner of Survivor: Africa and co-founder of Grassroot Soccer

 “Ted Richards, the Special One of philosophy, has assembled a dream team for this volume. Combining the defensive tenacity of the Italians with the precision teamwork of the Germans and the individual brilliance of the Brazilians, the authors offer total philosophy. Soccer and Philosophy is the best thinking person’s guide to the Beautiful Game.”

—Alan Richardson, Stoke City supporter and Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia

 “A soccer book like no other! At last we know which team Nietzsche would have supported, and why people care so much about the sport. This book is a delight, and it taught me more philosophy than I learned in my entire time at university.”

 —Simon Kuper, co-author of Soccernomics

 “Soccer and Philosophy captures the essence of our wonderful sport, its transcendental qualities, and explains why we care so deeply and maddeningly about twenty-two players and a ball.”

 —Steven Goff, Washington Post

 “What does Plato have to do with Pelé? How is Ronaldo like Picasso? What makes a team truly great? Soccer and Philosophy will help you understand and enjoy the sport in deeper ways, whether you’re a casual fan or a true fútbol fanatic.”

 —Michael W. Austin, Kansas City Wizards fan and editor of Football and Philosophy: Going Deep

“A fascinating and insightful read for thoughtful fans of the Beautiful Game. If you want to delve deeper into the inner workings of the world’s most popular sport, Soccer and Philosophy is a must have.”

—Nick Webster, commentator for Fox Soccer Channel and host of Fox Football Fone-In

 “This volume will be enjoyed by those who have a passion for philosophy or football or both. Its distinctions and judgments will also be argued with endlessly. I got a great kick out of Soccer and Philosophy.”

—Eric Schliesser, supporter of AFC Ajax and Holland, and Professor of Philosophy, Ghent University

Ted Richards supports Arsenal and teaches philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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