What We Think about When We Think about Soccer by Simon Critchley audiobook

What We Think about When We Think about Soccer

By Simon Critchley
Read by Liam Gerrard

Tantor Audio 9780143132677
3.25 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781977372376

Soccer is the world's most popular sport, inspiring the absolute devotion of countless fans around the globe. But what is it about soccer that makes it so compelling to watch, discuss, and think about? Is it what it says about class, race, or gender? Is it our national, regional, or tribal identities? Simon Critchley thinks it's all of these and more. In his new book, he explains what soccer can tell us about each, and how each informs the way we interpret the game, all while building a new system of aesthetics, or even poetics, that we can use to watch the beautiful game. Critchley has made a career out of bringing philosophy to the people through popular subjects, and in What We Think About When We Think About Soccer he uses his considerable philosophical acumen to examine the sport that has captured the hearts and minds of millions.

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Summary

Summary

Soccer is the world's most popular sport, inspiring the absolute devotion of countless fans around the globe. But what is it about soccer that makes it so compelling to watch, discuss, and think about? Is it what it says about class, race, or gender? Is it our national, regional, or tribal identities? Simon Critchley thinks it's all of these and more. In his new book, he explains what soccer can tell us about each, and how each informs the way we interpret the game, all while building a new system of aesthetics, or even poetics, that we can use to watch the beautiful game.

Critchley has made a career out of bringing philosophy to the people through popular subjects, and in What We Think About When We Think About Soccer he uses his considerable philosophical acumen to examine the sport that has captured the hearts and minds of millions.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"[An] irresistible treatise on how soccer came to be the dominant sport around the globe…Critchley’s depth and range of knowledge is remarkable. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Critchley makes the sport’s myths tangible without removing our sense of awe.” Rolling Stone
"[Critchley] approaches every subject—be it suicide or soccer—with the same intellectual rigor. The writing is not only deep and philosophical but approachable and conversational.” Los Angeles Times

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Author Bio: Simon Critchley

Author Bio: Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley is an author and Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little… Almost Nothing, Infinitely Demanding, The Book of Dead Philosophers, and The Faith of the Faithless, as well as the novella Memory Theatre, the book-length essay Notes on Suicide, and a book on David Bowie. He is series moderator of “The Stone,” a philosophy column in the New York Times and coeditor of The Stone Reader.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 3.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English