[Pathways] Mixed Martial Arts and Philosophy


Squaring the Octagon: Philosophers Grapple with Mixed Martial Arts

Edited by Jason Holt and Marc Ramsay

Call for Abstracts
Deadline: 15 January 2020
Apologies for x-posting

In mere decades, mixed martial arts (MMA) has exploded as a worldwide phenomenon, a sport as controversial as it is compelling, one that demands serious philosophical attention. Abstracts are sought for a prospective anthology on the philosophical significance of MMA.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Is MMA a true martial art?
• MMA vs. traditional martial arts and combat sports
• MMA epistemology: the nature of know-how
• Tournament of techniques: strikers vs. grapplers, cage vs. street
• MMA as illustrating philosophical theories
• Philosophically useful case studies: GSP, Ronda Rousey, BJ Penn, etc.
• Is it immoral to participate in or watch MMA and other violent sports?
• Ethical/legal dimensions of MMA (consent, legal moralism, paternalism, etc.)
• Respect, gamesmanship, and cheating in MMA
• Performance-enhancing drugs in MMA
• MMA and gender
• Beauty and ugliness in MMA
• Is MMA an art form?

An editor at Routledge has expressed interest in receiving a full proposal, to be submitted once abstracts have been finalized.

Initial submission should include an abstract (150-250 words) and CV, sent to both Jason Holt (jason.holt@acadiau.ca) and Marc Ramsay (marc.ramsay@acadiau.ca) by 15 January 2020.

Timeline:
Deadline for abstract/CV: 15 January 2020
Notification of abstract status: 30 January 2020
First draft: 1 June 2020
Final draft: 1 September 2020

(NB: Abstract acceptance does not by itself guarantee acceptance of the full paper.)

Prof. Jason Holt
School of Kinesiology
Acadia University
550 Main St.
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6
Canada
Website: https://kinesiology.acadiau.ca/faculty-staff/jason-holt.html

[Pathways] 'In Defence of Plato' by D. R. Khashaba

IN DEFENCE OF PLATO

Countering the misunderstanding and distortion introduced by Aristotle and embraced in learned circle as unquestionable truth.

https://philosophia937.wordpress.com/2019/11/14/in-defence-of-plato/

D. R. Khashaba
dkhashaba@yahoo.com

[Pathways] Thinking About Nothing: Philosophy, Negation and the Mystical

THINKING ABOUT NOTHING: PHILOSOPHY, NEGATION AND THE MYSTICAL

Liverpool Hope University, 3-5 July 2020

Call for Proposals: Deadline 30th November 2019

How and why is 'nothing' such a central concern for the mystical? What meaning, if any, derives from negation, un-knowing, un-saying; or from evoking the Absolute in terms of absence, silence, darkness, void, abyss, desert, and no-thing-ness? Why do mystics across different religious traditions return continually to images and ideas of negativity? And how might these interfaces between 'nothingness' and 'the mystical' illuminate our contemporary concerns with these two elusive notions?

This interdisciplinary conference brings together theologians, philosophers, historians, literary scholars, linguists, psychologists, artists, art historians, poets, musicians, and contemplative practitioners to examine interfaces between themes of 'nothingness', 'negativity', and the mystical . We also welcome proposals for creative responses from visual arts, performance, music and sound, poetry and literature.

Keynote speakers include Professor George Pattison, Professor Melissa Raphael, Dr. Rik Van Nieuwenhove, & Dr. Kate Kirkpatrick.

All proposals should include:

1. Full name; 2. E-mail; 3. Current institution and/or academic affiliation 4. Title of the paper or project; 6. Any technical needs; 7. Proposal (up to 350 words).

* Paper proposal: An abstract proposal for a short (20 minute) original paper

* Project proposal: for a presentation, event, exhibition, performance or screening.

Please send proposals and enquiries to: Dr Simon Podmore (podmors@hope.ac.uk), Dr Duane Williams (williad3@hope.ac.uk), or Dr Deborah Casewell (casewed@hope.ac.uk)

Further information on the Mystical Theology Network website

http://users.ox.ac.uk/~rege0676/Conference8.html

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Dr. Deborah Casewell, MA (Hons), MSt, PhD
Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion
Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Liverpool Hope University

[Pathways] 'The Philosophy of Football' by Steffen Borge

Professor Steffen Borge's new book, The Philosophy of Football, is now available.

https://www.academia.edu/40808520/Borge_The_Philosophy_of_Football_excerpts_

https://www.routledge.com/The-Philosophy-of-Football/Borge/p/book/9780367180928

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philosophy-Football-Ethics-Sport/dp/0367180928/

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0367180928

Human beings are the only creatures known to engage in sport. We are sporting animals, and our favourite pastime of football is the biggest sport spectacle on earth. The Philosophy of Football presents the first sustained, in-depth philosophical investigation of the phenomenon of football.

In explaining the complex nature of football, the book draws on literature in sociology, history, psychology and beyond, offering real-life examples of footballing actions alongside illuminating thought experiments. The book is organized around four main themes considering the character, nature, analysis and aesthetics of football. It discusses football as an extra-ordinary, unnecessary, rule-based, competitive, skill-based physical activity, articulated as a social (as opposed to natural) kind that is fictional in character, and where fairness or fair play -- contrary to much sport ethical discussion -- is not centre stage. Football, it is argued, is a constructive-destructive contact sport and, in comparison to other sports, is lower scoring and more affected by chance. The latter presents to its spectators a more unpredictable game and a darker, more complex and denser drama to enjoy.

The Philosophy of Football deepens our understanding of the familiar features of the game, offering novel interpretations on what football is, how and why we play it, and what the game offers its followers that makes us so eagerly await match day. This is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the world's most popular game or in the philosophical or social study of sport.

Review

"There are striking, fundamental similarities between sports and the arts and equally striking and fundamental differences. Some of them are surprising; few have been explored as thoroughly and perceptively as Borge does. The Philosophy of Football will certainly fascinate lovers of "the beautiful game," but reflective aficionados of theatre or baseball, fiction or footraces, ritual, wrestling, chimpanzees, chess, dance, Duchamp, hockey and cockfights will find much of interest here as well." -- Prof Kendall L Walton, University of Michigan, USA

About the Author

Steffen Borge is Professor of Philosophy at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromso.

[Pathways] Call for Papers: Leonard Cohen -- An Interdisciplinary Conference

Maynooth University, Ireland, 12-13 June 2020

Maynooth University, Ireland, is organizing a major international and interdisciplinary conference on the work of Leonard Cohen (June 12-13, 2020).

Religion, teachers, women, drugs, the road, fame, money... nothing gets me high and offers relief from the suffering like blackening pages, writing.

-- Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen's body of work challenges and bridges many oppositions. A poet and novelist of significant talent, he chose a career as a songwriter and musical performer in order to reach a larger audience. Jewish, Cohen from an early stage in his career also explored the Christian faith. Eager to transcend the boundaries of Western religion, he then immersed himself in Buddhism and Hinduism. Yet, despite his profound religiosity, Cohen spoke to the difficulties of having any faith at all in a world full of pain and suffering. Writing -- music, lyrics, poetry, letters, notes--was perhaps Cohen's first and last true faith [...]

Further information:

https://cohenconference.maynoothuniversity.ie/call-for-papers/

[Pathways] 'Thought experiments' by Geoffrey Klempner

Andrew asked:

Are thought experiments a legitimate philosophical method?

Answer by Geoffrey Klempner

I wonder, Andrew, whether you are responding to the previous question from Val, and the answer given by Hubertus Fremerey?

The question concerned the statement, "If X might exist but we have no reason to suppose that it actually does exist, then as metaphysicians we should not concern ourselves with X." I can't fault Fremerey's answer but there is an issue which he did not touch, concerning hypothetical questions about contingent non-existents, popularly known as 'thought experiments' — or in Daniel Dennett's words 'intuition pumps' [...]

Read more:

https://askaphilosopher.org/2019/11/04/thought-experiments/

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