Aretism: An Ancient Sports Philosophy for the Modern Sports World provides a tripartite model of sports ethics founded on ancient Greek principles and focused on personal, civic, and global integration. Heather Reid and Mark Holowchak apply these concepts as a "golden mean" between the extremes of the commercialist and recreational models of competition. This treatment is most applicable to students and academics concerned with the philosophy of sport, but will also be of interest to those in sports professions.
M. Andrew Holowchak teaches philosophy at Rider University. His books include Happiness and Greek Ethics, Critical Reasoning & Philosophy, Ancient Science and Dreams: Oneirology in Greco-Roman Antiquity, Philosophy of Sport: Crucial Readings, Critical Issues, and The Stoics: A Guide for the Perplexed. Heather L. Reid is professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College and author of Philosophy and Athletics in Ancient Greece and Rome: Contests of Virtue and The Philosophical Athlete.
Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 PART I. How Did Sports Get Here From There? Chapter 3 Chapter 1. The Roots of Competitive Sport Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment Sport Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Compensatory Athleticism Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Sport Propagandized Chapter 7 Chapter 5. Sport Commodified Part 8 PART II. What is Wrong With Sports Today? Chapter 9 Chapter 6. The Martial/Commercial Model Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Drugs and Competitive Sport Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Problems of Performance Enhancement Chapter 12 Chapter 9. Gender, Aggression, and Violence Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Sport by the Numbers Chapter 14 Chapter 11. Sensationalism and Ego-Puffing Part 15 PART III. Why Can't We Just Enjoy Sports? Chapter 16 Chapter 12. The Aesthetic/Recreational Model Chapter 17 Chapter 13. Aesthetic Spectacle Chapter 18 Chapter 14. Playful Integrity Chapter 19 Chapter 15. The Aesthetics of Journeying Chapter 20 Chapter 16. Beauty as Unity Chapter 21 Chapter 17. Economy of Performance Part 22 PART IV. How Should Sports Be Reformed? Chapter 23 Chapter 18. The Aretic Model Chapter 24 Chapter 19. Aretism and Values Chapter 25 Chapter 20. Aretism and Education Chapter 26 Chapter 21. Aretism and Society Chapter 27 Chapter 22. Is Sport a Good?