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  1. Marie Brennan & Lew Zipin, Analysing Secondary School Strategies in Changing Times: The Insights and Gaps of a Governmentality Lens.
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  2. Michael Burke & Dennis Hemphill, Philosophy of Sport.
    While philosophy of sport clings for life, sport in Austalasia has undergone a significant transformation since the early 1990s. Sport is now considered 'more than a game'. That is, elite, high-performance sport is now big business that is also perceived as a powerful instrument for the expression of national identity and pride. This has resulted in a growing scientific and manaagement focus in university level sport, exercise and physcial education related courses (McKay et al. 1990). This reflects a similar trend (...)
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  3. Jean-Paul Baldacchino & Joel S. Kahn, Believing in a Secular Age: Anthropology, Sociology and Religious Experience.
    Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age generated a great deal of attention—and has stimulated important debates—among a diverse range of scholars in sociology, history, politics, religious studies and to a lesser extent, anthropologists. Much of the debate has focused on the implications of Taylor’s work for the so-called secularisation thesis and the place (or non-place) of religion in the so-called public sphere. The essays in this volume arise less out of such concerns and more from Taylor’s discussion of secularism in a (...)
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  4. Jean-Paul Baldacchino, The Eidetic of Belonging: Towards a Phenomenological Psychology of Affect and Ethno-National Identity.
    In this article I discuss the way affect has featured in discussions of identity, focusing on ethnic and national identities. While affect features in most discussions of ethnicity it has mostly been dismissed as a testament to the irrationality and dangerous qualities of the identity in question. Such discussions adopt a simplistic model of human psychology, usually based on a hydraulic model of the emotions. After considering some recent and pioneering work that foregrounds the role of affectivity in group formations, (...)
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  5. Christopher Jones & Dennis Hemphill, Philosophical Issues in High-Tech Leisure and Sport.
    This paper examines several philosophical issues related to emerging technologies in sport and leisure. There are a range of technologies that will likely be offered to boost performance in sport, ranging from prosthetic devices and cyborg-like implants to gene therapy and enhancement. Computer generated simulations are already in use in work and leisure, and are expected to be pervasive in the future. Technological developments such as these present a challenge to some of the traditional assumptions and cherished beliefs not only (...)
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  6. Dennis Hemphill (2005). Deeper Inside the Beautiful Game. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 32 (1):105-115.
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  7. Michael Burke (2012). A Feminist Reconstruction of Liberal Rights and Sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 37 (1):11-28.
  8. Leticia Worley, The Poiesis of 'Human Nature' : An Exploration of the Concept of an Ethical Self.
    This thesis inquires into our ‘human nature’ through an interdisciplinary approach that considers some of the radical changes in intellectual thought at those key points in Western culture in which this concept has been centrally deployed. The broad historical sweep that this study covers finds the preoccupation with defining who we are and what we are capable of inextricably linked with the focus, at most of the pivotal moments examined, on a dominant impulse to conceive human beings as moral creatures.
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  9. Joel Spencer, An Anarchy of Man : Cartesian and Post-Cartesian Representations of the Self in Selected Western Literature.
    This Master of Arts thesis is in two parts: a novel, An Anarchy of Man, and an exegesis which places the novel in relation to philosophical concerns about the self and the way those concerns are portrayed in selected works of Western literature. The novel is set in Canberra and Sydney and tells the story of the relationship between two characters: Joe and Gin. It explores the way we in the modern Western world think about ourselves and those around us. (...)
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  10. Scott Beattie, Home is Where the Fight Is.
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  11. Jean-Paul Baldacchino, The Evil Eye (Ghajn) in Malta: Grappling with Skinners Pigeons and Rehabilitating Lame Ducks.
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  12. Jacquelyn Osborne, Sport, Games, Women and Warriors : An Historical and Philosophical Examination of the Early Irish Ulster Cycle.
    This thesis identifies the early Irish Ulster Cycle of tales as a rich source of information relating to the nature and significance of sport-like activity in the ancient world. Taking the tales of the Ulster Cycle as its data, this thesis adopts a method of analysis which combines aspects of historical and postmodern philosophical processes. The relationships between and among sport, history, truth and fiction are investigated in determining the contribution that the early Irish Ulster Cycle of tales might offer (...)
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  13. Evan Morris Williams, Revisiting Babel : Sport and Poetry.
    This work is a hermeneutic of sport as if it were poetry. The inspiration for the dissertation is to be found in a reading of the myth of the tower of Babel (Book of Genesis: 11,1-9). It is an extended and multi-pieced argument exploring an analogy between the truly strong sport performer and the strong poet. It pays attention to the strong sport performer, like the strong poet, as a maker of novel meaning. The mode of approach is a semiotic (...)
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  14. David Webb, A Role for Spiritual Self-Enquiry in Suicidology?
    Volume one looks at the language of spirituality to deepen our understanding of the suicidal crisis. Spirituality remains the primary motivation for my work. However, two other significant influences have emerged in my research. The first is the intellectual tradition from the school of philosophy known as phenomenology. The second is only at an embryonic stage as a academic discourse. This is the social change, human rights movement that is becoming known as Mad Culture. The accompanying volume to this exegesis, (...)
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  15. Michael Burke, Sport, Tradition and Freedom.
    "Sport, Tradition and Freedom" entails a philosophical examination of the relationship between traditions of rationality and understandings of freedom in sport. Chapter One introduces the ideas of freedom and virtue. Chapter Two involves a critical and historical exploration of the traditions of conservatism, liberalism and Marxism and the effects that these traditions have had on accounts of freedom in sport. Chapter Three examines the issue of freedom in sport from a social critical-formalist perspective, particularly addressing the influence that the process (...)
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  16. Nihal Randolph Henry Kuruppu, An Indian Perspective of the Relationship Between India and Australia, 1947 to 1975 : Personalities and Policies, Peaks and Troughs. [REVIEW]
    This thesis is a study of the relationship between India and Australia from 1947 when India became a sovereign country, to 1975, which marked the end of the Whitlam Government's period in office.
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