Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. Special Issue: “Bernard Suits’ Legacy: New Inspirations and Interpretations”

Special Issue: “Bernard Suits’ Legacy: New Inspirations and Interpretations.”

 Editors: Filip Kobiela, José Luis Pérez Triviño, and Francisco Javier López Frías

 Ten years after the death of Bernard Suits (1925-2007), the influence of his ideas on the philosophy of sport is still very strong. Only in 2016, three new translations (into Chinese, Japanese and Polish) of Suits’ masterpiece – The Grasshopper: Game, Life, and Utopia – have been published. This indicates growing popularity of his philosophy around the world. Several new articles, dissertations, and book chapters shed new light on Suits’s legacy and – what is especially important – show that his ideas not only belong to the well-established philosophical body of knowledge of game, play, and sport, but they are also a vital part of current philosophical debates. There are still some controversies, and new challenges appear, creating a space for discussion.

This special issue of Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy is dedicated to philosophical and moral questions related to Bernard Suit’s legacy. We welcome in particular papers dealing with new ideas and interpretations of Suits. The following topics and question could be addressed in more detail:

 – Suits’s definition of game playing and its applicability to different types sport (judged sports, mind-sports, e-sport);

– Suits’s formalism and logical incompatibility thesis;

–  Suits’s account of constitutive rules;

– The lusory attitude. Definitions of play and problems of professionalism/amateurism;

– The distinction between lusory and prelusory goal and its consequences;

–  Suits’s vision of Utopia and moral ideal of man;

– The “Tricky triad” and the controversy over the game status of judged sports;

– Games, morality and Suits’ analysis of life as game and morality as game metaphors;

– Philosophical polemics: Suits vs Wittgenstein, Caillois, Berne, Kolnai, McBride, etc.;

–  The integrity of content and form of Suits’s work: use of Aesop’s fable, “ludic” dialogues, illustrative tales, word play;

  Those interested in contributing with a manuscript to the special issue, please, submit a tentative title and a brief abstract for review (500 words) to the editors.

 For further questions and inquiries, contact: Filip Kobiela (f.kobiela@iphils.uj.edu.pl)

Jose Luis Perez (jose.perez@upf.edu) and Francisco Javier López (fjl13@psu.edu)

 Planning:

 Abstract submission deadline: October 30, 2017

Notification of abstract acceptance: November 30, 2017

Full manuscript submission deadline: May 30, 2018

Publication: End of 2018/Early 2019

 Length: 6,000-8,000 words (inclusive of references and notes).

 Further information about the journal: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rsep20

Instructions for authors: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rsep20

References

1) Bernard Suits’s works:

Suits, B. (1967a). What is a Game? “Philosophy of Science”, 34, 148-56.

Suits, B. (1967b). Is Life a Game We are Playing? “Ethics”, 77, 209-13.

Suits, B. (1969). Games and Paradox, “Philosophy of Science”, 36, 316-21.

Suits, B. (1973a). The Elements of Sport, in: (ed.) Osterhoudt R., The philosophy of sport: A collection of original essays, Thomas, Springfield, IL.

Suits, B. (1973b). The Grasshopper: A Thesis Concerning the Moral Ideal of Man, in: Osterhoudt R., The philosophy of sport: A collection of original essays, Thomas, Springfield, IL.

Suits, B. (1974). Aristotle on the Function of Man, “Canadian Journal of Philosophy”, 4, 23-40.

Suits, B. (1977). Appendix I: Words on Play, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 4, 117-31.

Suits, B. (1978). The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia, University of Toronto Press, Toronto. (first edition)

Suits, B. McBride and Paddick on The Grasshopper, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, vol. VIII: 1981, 70-78.

Suits, B. (1982). Sticky Wickedness: Games and Morality, “Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review”, 21, 755-60.

Suits, B. (1984a). The Grasshopper: Posthumous Reflections on Utopia. In: (eds). Alexander, Peter and Roger Gill, Utopias, Gerald Duckworth & Co., Ltd, London, 197-209.

Suits, B. (1984b). Games and Utopia: Posthumous Reflections. “Simulation and Games”, 15 1 (March), 5-24.

Suits, B. (1985). The Detective Story. A case Study of Games in Literature, “Canadian Review of Comparative Literature“, XII.2, 200-219.

Suits, B. (1988a). On McBride on the Definition of Games, in: Philosophic Inquiry in Sport, ed. William J. Morgan and Klaus V. Meier, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 55–62.

Suits, B. (1988b). Tricky Triad: Games, Play, and Sports, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 15, 1-9.

Suits, B. (1989). The Trick of the Disappearing Goal, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 16, 1-12.

Suits, B. (2004). Venn and the Art of Category Maintenance, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 31.1, 1-14.

Suits, B. (2005). The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia, Orchard Park, NY: Broadview Press Ltd. (second edition)

Suits, B. (2006). Games and their Institutions in The Grasshopper, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 33.1, 1-8.

Suits, B. (2014). The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia, Broadview Press, Peterborough. (third edition)

 

2) Works concerning Bernard Suits’s philosophy

Bäck, A. (2008). The Paper World of Bernard Suits, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 35(2), October, 156-174.

Berman M., (2013) Sport, Sprint, Suits, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, vol. 40, Issue -1, 163-176.

Berman N., (2015). Sport as a Thick Cluster Concept, Presented in Games, Play, and Sports: After Suits, University of Toronto

https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/uploaded_files/content/1630/file/Berman_Cluster_concept_of_sport.pdf

Charlson, C. (2011). The “Playing” Field – Attitudes Activities and the Conflation of Play and Games, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 38(1), May, 74-87.

Chou Y. (2010). Toward an Understanding of „The Grasshopper“ – Through Two Perspectives, in: (ed.) A. Hardum, C. Jones, Philosophy of Sport – International Perspective, Cambridge Scholar Publishers.

Ellis, J. (2011). On the Concept of a Game, “Philosophical Investigations”, 34:4 October, 381-392.

Geras, N. (2009). Games and Meanings, in: (eds.), de Wijze S., Kramer M. H., Carter I., Hillel Steiner and the Anatomy of Justice: Themes and Challenges, Routledge, London, 185-200.

Holowchak, M., Barkasi, M. (2008). An Impromptu Visit to Rien-à-Faire A Tribute to Bernard Suits, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 35, 111-119.

Holowchak, M. (2007). Games as Pastimes in Suits’s Utopia: Meaningful Living and the “Metaphysics of Leisure”, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 34.1, 88-96.

Hurka, T. (2005/2014). Introduction, in: Suits, B., The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia, Broadview Press.

Hurka, T. (2015).  Slightly restricted slightly revised, Presented on Games, Play, and Sports: After Suits, University of Toronto

https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/uploaded_files/content/1630/file/Hurka_Suits_on_games.pdf

Hurka, T. (2006). Games and the Good, Part I. “Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 80” (Suppl.), 217–235.

Hurka, T. (2004). Normative Ethics: Back to the Future, In: B. Leiter (ed.), The Future for Philosophy, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 246–264.

Innis, R. (2001). Philosophy and the Play of Life, „Focaal – European Journal of Anthropology“, 37, 121–142.

King, P. (2015). Games and pastimes, Presented on Games, Play, and Sports: After Suits, University of Toronto

https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/uploaded_files/content/1630/file/King_games_and_pastimes.pdf

Kollers A. (2015). The Grasshopper’s Error, „Dialogue“, 54 (4), 727-746.

Kretchmar, R S. (1989). On Beautiful Games, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 16, 34-43.

Kretchmar, R S. (2006). The Intelligibility of Suits’s Utopia: The View from Anthropological Philosophy, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 33.1, 67-77.

Lopez Frias J. (2016). The Reconstructive and Normative Aspects of Bernard Suits’ Utopia, “Reason Papers”, Vol. 38, no. 1, 51-64.

Lopez Frias J. (2017). A Kantian view of Suits Utopia a kingdom, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, vol. 44, Issue 1, 138-151.

McBride, F. (1979). A Critique of Mr. Suits’ Definition of Game Playing, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”. 6, 59-65.

Meier, K. V. (1988). Triad Trickery: Playing with Sport and Games, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 15, 11-30.

Morgan, K. (2008). Some Further words on suits on play, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 35, 120-141.

Morgan, K. (2015). On Suits on Normativity of Games, Presented on Games, Play, and Sports: After Suits, University of Toronto

https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/uploaded_files/content/1630/file/Morgan_On_Suits_on_Normativity_of_Games.pdf

Papineu, D. (2015). Sports and Games, Presented on Games, Play, and Sports: After Suits, University of Toronto

https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/uploaded_files/content/1630/file/Papineau_Sports_and_Games.pdf

Ridge, M. (2015) Cheating and Trifling, Presented on Games, Play, and Sports: After Suits, University of Toronto

https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/uploaded_files/content/1630/file/Ridge_Cheating_and_Trifling_draft_2.pdf

Rives, J. (1984) The defence of the ant: Work, Life and Utopia, „Canadian Journal of Philosophy”, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Dec.), 617-629.

Royce, R. (2011). Suits, autotelicity, temporal reallocations, game resources and defining “play”, “Sport, Ethics and Philosophy”, 2, May, 93-109.

Ryall, E. (2013). Playing with words. Further comment on Suits’ Definition, in: Ryall, E., Russell, W. and MacLean, M. (eds.,) The Philosophy of Play, Routledge, London, 44-53.

Schneider, A. J. (2001). Fruits, apples and category mistakes, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, XXVIII, 151-159.

Schneider, A.J., Butcher, R.B. (1997) Pre-lusory goal for games a gambit declined, XXIV, 38-46.

Tasioulas, J. (2006). Games and the Good, Part II, “Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society” 80 (Suppl.), 237–264.

Thi Nguyen C. (2015). The Forms and Fluidity of Game Play, Presented on Games, Play, and Sports: After Suits, University of Toronto

https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/uploaded_files/content/1630/file/Nguyen_Forms_and_Fluidity_of_Game_Play.pdf

Thompson, K. (2004). Sport and Utopia, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 31.1, 60-63.

Vossen, D. P. (2004). The Nature and Classification of Games, “Avante”, Vol.10, No. 1, 53 – 68.

Vossen, D. P. (2008a). Good Grasshopping and the Avoidance of Game-Spoiling, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, 35, 175-192.

Vossen, D. P. (2008b). Chess is not a Game, in: Hales D., (ed.) Philosophy Looks at Chess, Open Court, Chicago and la Salle, Illinois, 191-208.

Vossen, D. P. (2015). Utopia is Intelligible and Game-Playing is What Makes Utopia Intelligible, “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport”, vol. 43. Issue 2, 251-265.