Just in time for the French Open:

For some, the coming of warm weather means baseball, a few rounds of golf, and lamentation that the basketball season is over. For others, Spring and Summer are a time to grab a racket, a friend, and a fresh canister of tennis balls and head to the nearest court. David Baggett’s new book, Tennis and Philosophy: What the Racket is All About hits the clay courts, grass courts, and hard courts to ponder the great questions of tennis and life.

In The Philosophy of Popular Culture series.

Tennis smashed onto the worldwide athletic scene soon after its modern rules and equipment were introduced in nineteenth-century England. Exciting, competitive, and uniquely accessible to people of all ages and talent levels, tennis continues to enjoy popularity, both as a recreational activity and a spectator sport.

Life imitates sport in Tennis and Philosophy. Editor David Baggett approaches tennis not only as a game but also as a surprisingly rich resource for philosophical analysis. He assembles a team of champion scholars, including David Foster Wallace, Robert R. Clewis, David Detmer, Mark Huston, Tommy Valentini, and Kevin Kinghorn, to consider numerous philosophical issues within the sport. Profiles of tennis greats such as John McEnroe, Roger Federer, the Williams sisters, and Arthur Ashe are paired with pertinent topics, from the ethics of rage to the role of rivalry. Whether entertaining metaphysical arguments or examining the nature of beauty, these essays promise insightful discussion of one of the world’s most popular sports.

David Baggett, professor of philosophy at Liberty University, is coeditor of Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts and Hitchcock and Philosophy: Dial M for Metaphysics.


Tennis and Philosophy is a unique book with entertaining and insightful discussions of the beauty, ethics, and competitive nature of the sport. This book should be read by players as well as fans of tennis who want to deepen their appreciation of the sport.” -Michael W. Austin, editor of Football and Philosophy: Going Deep

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