|Tennis smashed onto the
worldwide athletic scene soon after its modern rules and equipment were
introduced in nineteenth-century England. Exciting, competitive, and
uniquely accessible to people of all ages and talent levels, tennis
continues to enjoy popularity, both as a recreational activity and a
| Life imitates sport in Tennis and Philosophy.
Editor David Baggett approaches tennis not only as a game but also as a
surprisingly rich resource for philosophical analysis. He assembles a
team of champion scholars, including David Foster Wallace, Robert R.
Clewis, David Detmer, Mark Huston, Tommy Valentini, Neil Delaney, and
Kevin Kinghorn, to consider numerous philosophical issues within the
of tennis greats such as John McEnroe, Roger Federer, the Williams
sisters, and Arthur Ashe are paired with pertinent topics, from the
ethics of rage to the role of rivalry. Whether entertaining
metaphysical arguments or examining the nature of beauty, these essays
promise insightful discussion of one of the world's most popular sports.
Tennis and Philosophy
What the Racket is All About
by David Baggett
The University Press of Kentucky, 2010