Philosophy Smackdown DOUGLAS EDWARDS Utica College ‘One of the best popular philosophy books I’ve ever read.’ Mark D. White, author of Batman and Ethics ‘With Philosophy Smackdown, Douglas Edwards has placed philosophy and pro wrestling in a winning tag-team that will delight and intrigue thoughtful pro wrestling fans, while also showing philosophers and newcomers to pro wrestling just what is so compelling about this theatrical entertainment phenomenon.’ Lisa Jones, University of St Andrews From its carnival origins to its current status as a global phenomenon, pro wrestling has a unique presence in popular culture. Part sport and part theatre, the impressive antics of its larger-than-life characters have captured the imaginations of generations of fans, and prompted endless speculation about behind-the-scenes machinations. Philosophy Smackdown is a study of pro wrestling as distinctive as pro wrestling itself: it is the first philosophical look at this major cultural spectacle. Philosopher and fan Douglas Edwards takes both philosophy and pro wrestling to parts unknown. With liveliness, humor and insight, he shows that pro wrestling is fertile ground for reflection on fundamental human issues, such as reality, freedom, identity, morality, justice, and meaning. He explores these through pivotal events in pro wrestling, from the eighties heyday of Hulkamania to the recent emergence of AEW. Philosophy Smackdown is a read that will delight philosophers and pro wrestling fans alike. It’s time to ask yourself: Whatcha gonna do when Philosophy Smackdown runs wild on you? 216 x 138mm • 192 pages • UK May 2020, US June 2020 HB • 978-1-5095-3765-5 • £45.00 / $59.95 / €55.90 PB • 978-1-5095-3766-2 • £12.99 / $16.95 / €15.90 ebook available
Football The Philosophy Behind the Game STEPHEN MUMFORD Durham University ‘Stephen Mumford uses his considerable philosophical expertise to explain why football is the most popular sport in the world. His analysis will add much to his readers’ enjoyment of the game.’ David Papineau, author of Knowing The Score ‘The perfect gift for soccer fans new to philosophy or philosophers new to soccer – this book is a rich, multi-layered reflection on both.’ Alan White, Williams College Football gives us plenty to think about. Philosopher, novelist and knowledgeable football fan Stephen Mumford explores this most popular of sports. Rich with colourful examples from football’s past and present, Mumford’s book is ideal for any thoughtful fan who wants to understand the game better. Series: THINK 190 x 124mm • 144 pages • 2019 HB • 978-1-5095-3531-6 • £35.00 / $45.00 / €42.90 PB • 978-1-5095-3532-3 • £9.99 / $12.95 / €12.90 ebook available
White Privilege SHANNON SULLIVAN UNC Charlotte ‘Writing with verve and style, Shannon Sullivan confronts the complexity of everyday experiences and enactments of white privilege and what this entails not only for Black people and people of colour, but for white people themselves.’ George Yancy, author of Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America ‘White privilege is a concept more tossed around than seriously explored. In this valuable and concise text, Shannon Sullivan provides a detailed and illuminating analysis that everyone needs to read.’ Charles Mills, City University of New York Some embrace the idea of white privilege as an important concept that helps us to make sense of the connection between race and social and political disadvantages, while others are critical or even hostile. Philosopher Shannon Sullivan cuts through the confusion and cross-talk to challenge what ‘everybody knows’ about white privilege. Sullivan’s forcefully argued book will inspire you to think again about white privilege and what it entails. Series: THINK 190 x 124mm • 144 pages • UK September 2019, US November 2019 HB • 978-1-5095-3528-6 • £35.00 / $45.00 / €42.90 PB • 978-1-5095-3529-3 • £9.99 / $12.95 / €12.90 ebook available
Dogs A Philosophical Guide to Our Best Friends MARK ALIZART Translated by Robin Mackay ‘Mark Alizart returns to the history of civilizations to restore the dog to its essential role. Far from being a mere companion of man, might the dog ultimately be our master?’ France Culture ‘This plea to restore to the dog “its ancient rights” echoes intelligently the present-day sensibility for the animal cause.’ L’Express ‘A clever treatise of canine philosophy.’ Le Monde They have long been known as man’s best friend, but how much do we really know about our four-legged companions? Mark Alizart dispenses with the well-worn clichés concerning dogs and their masters, seeing them not as submissive pets but rather as unexpected life coaches, ready to teach us the elusive recipes for contentment and joy. 190 x 124mm • 112 pages • UK & US October 2019 HB • 978-1-5095-3728-0 • £12.99 / $16.95 / €15.90 ebook available See also Cryptocommunism, p. 34.
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