is said the champions of the ancient Olympic Games received a crown of
olive leaves, symbolizing a divine blessing from Nike, the winged
goddess of victory. While the mythology of the ancient games has come
to exemplify the highest political, religious, community, and
individual ideals of the time, the modern Olympic Games, by comparison,
are widely known as an international, bi-annual sporting event where
champions have the potential to earn not only glory for their country,
but lucrative endorsement deals and the perks of worldwide fame.
Olympics and Philosophy examines the Olympic Movement from a
variety of theoretical perspectives to uncover the connection between
athleticism and philosophy for a deeper appreciation of the Olympic
Pillars of Sport, Environment, and Culture.
L. Reid and Michael W. Austin have assembled a team of
international scholars to explore topics such as the concept of
excellence, ethics, doping, gender, and race.
Interweaving ancient and modern Olympic traditions, The Olympics and
Philosophy considers the philosophical implications of the
intersection with historical events and modern controversy in a unique
analysis of tradition and the future of the Olympiad.
The Olympics and Philosophy
by Michael W. Austin and Heather Lynne Reid
University Press of Kentucky,