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    Peter M. Hopsicker (2012). 'The Value of the Inexact': An Apology for Inaccurate Motor Performance. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 40 (1):65-83.
    Philosophic inquiry into the mental states of elite athletes during skilled motor performance continues to grow. In contrast to the bulk of these works that focus almost exclusively on skillful performance, this paper examines athletic motor behavior from a point of inexactness ? or even failure ? in athletic performance. Utilizing the works of Michael Polanyi, who believed that both ideas of achievement and failure were equally necessary to understand the behavior of living things and their physical actions, I examine (...)
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    Douglas Hochstetler & Peter Matthew Hopsicker (2012). The Heights of Humanity: Endurance Sport and the Strenuous Mood. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 39 (1):117-135.
    In his article, ?Recovering Humanity: Movement, Sport, and Nature?, Doug Anderson addresses the place of endurance sport, or more generally sport at large, as a potential catalyst for the good life. Anderson contrasts transcendental themes of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson with the pragmatic claims of William James and John Dewey, who focus on human possibility and growth. Our aim is to pursue the pragmatic line of thought championed by James and Dewey as a contrasting but not mutually (...)
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    Peter M. Hopsicker (2009). Miracles in Sport: Finding the 'Ears to Hear' and the 'Eyes to See'. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 3 (1):75-93.
    Within the context of sports, the term 'miracle' is regularly associated with game-winning shots, holes-in-one, completed Hail Marys and other improbable outcomes. These conceptions of miracles largely focus on the success of specific sport actions at specific times when such success is deemed highly improbable. While prominent in the popular sports literature, most scholars agree that this perspective on miracles is very simple and highly unsophisticated. Events portrayed as simply 'beating the odds' would represent pale versions of miracles at best. (...)
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    Douglas Hochstetler & Peter Matthew Hopsicker (forthcoming). Normative Concerns for Endurance Athletes. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-15.
    Endurance athletes work at creating habits and lifestyles which correspond to Aristotle’s notion of eudomania. They spend time and energy dedicating themselves to their craft. They relinquish other interests in pursuit of excellence. They fully accept William James’ notion of precipitousness as they create goals and work toward achievement. In this paper, we examine normative issues related to endurance sport participation, the potential dark side of this pursuit of excellence. Our overriding concern is how best to work toward and experience (...)
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    Peter M. Hopsicker (2015). Theology, Ethics, and Transcendence in Sports. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 9 (2):236-240.
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    Peter M. Hopsicker (2013). Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 7 (4):474-479.
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    Ivo Jirásek & Peter M. Hopsicker (2010). Philosophical Kinanthropology (Philosophy of Physical Culture, Philosophy of Sport) in Slavonic Countries: The Culture, the Writers, and the Current Directions. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 37 (2):253-270.
    Until recently, English-speaking scholars have had few outlets to review the philosophy of sport literature generated in Slavonic countries. Existing English texts of this nature consist primarily of review essays providing little historical and cultural context from which to understand the development of specific tendencies in lines of inquiry from this part of the world (23,24,27). This article attempts to fill this gap in understanding by 1) briefly describing the cultural history of the Slavonic region, and, within this context, 2) (...)
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