Alexander Wolf-Root, creator of the course (Photo: Matthias Steup)
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce a new course on Philosophy and Sports (PHIL 2240), which is debuting this semester, Fall 2018. Alex Wolf-Root, a 5th year PhD student in philosophy, proposed the course, and is now teaching it with a group of 34 students, most of whom have never previously taken a philosophy course. The course grew from his own philosophical interests – his dissertation is on conceptual issues in sports and games – as well as his personal passion of athletics (Track & Field).
The course starts by examining conceptual issues in sport, including the nature of sport, sportspersonship, and cheating, before moving to four units of applied issues: doping, collegiate athletics, sex & gender, and sport & society. Questions include:
Two sections of PHIL 2240 are scheduled for Spring 2019. It fulfills the University’s Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences distribution requirement, and can be applied to the philosophy minor and major.