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The Olympics and Philosophy
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It 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. The 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.

While today's Olympic champions are neither blessed by the gods nor rewarded with wreaths of olive, the original spirit and ancient ideals of the Olympic Movement endure in its modern embodiment. Editors Heather 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 Games' intersection with historical events and modern controversy in a unique analysis of tradition and the future of the Olympiad.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. i-i
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part 1: The Ideal Olympian
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. A Greatness of Olympic Proportions
  2. pp. 9-22
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  1. Machiavelli, The Olympic Ideal, and the Southern Arrow
  2. pp. 23-34
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  1. What's More than Gold
  2. pp. 35-46
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  1. Part 2: Ancient Heritage
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. The Olympics of the Mind
  2. pp. 49-67
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  1. Go Tell the Spartans
  2. pp. 68-85
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  1. The Soul of an Olympian
  2. pp. 86-98
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  1. Part 3: Modern Ideals
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. More than Games
  2. pp. 101-116
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  1. Olympism between Individualism and Transnationalism
  2. pp. 117-132
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  1. Citius, Altius, Fortius, Virtuous
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. Part 4: Ethical Issues
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. The Olympics and Steroids
  2. pp. 149-160
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  1. Olympic Boxing
  2. pp. 161-174
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  1. Should the Olympics Be the Very Best?
  2. pp. 175-190
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  1. Part 5: Race and Gender Issues
  2. pp. 191-192
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  1. The Strong Men Keep a Comin' On
  2. pp. 193-213
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  1. Olympic Amazons and the Cold War
  2. pp. 214-227
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  1. Buns of Gold, Silver, Bronze
  2. pp. 228-242
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  1. Part 6: Political Power
  2. pp. 243-244
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  1. The Ethics of Boycotting the Olympics
  2. pp. 245-255
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  1. Sport, Patriotism, and the Olympic Games
  2. pp. 256-272
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  1. Sharing the Moment
  2. pp. 273-286
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 287-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-296
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  1. Series Page
  2. pp. 297-298
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