What We Think About When We Think About Football (Ebook)

Simon Critchley

A philosopher's take on what makes the beautiful game

What do we think about when we think about football? Football is about so many things: memory, history, place, social class, gender (especially masculinity, but increasingly femininity too), family identity, tribal identity, national identity, the nature of groups. It is essentially collaborative, even socialist, yet it exists in a sump of greed, corruption, capitalism and autocracy.

Philosopher Simon Critchley attempts to make sense of it all, and to establish a system of aesthetics - even poetics - to show what is beautiful in the beautiful game. He explores, too, how the experience of watching football opens a particular dimension in time; how its magic wards off oblivion; how its dramas play out national identity and non-identity; how we spectators, watching football with tragic pensiveness, participate in the play. And of course, as a football fan, he writes about his heroes and villains: about Zidane and Cruyff, Clough and Revie, Shankly and Klopp.

Publication date: 02/11/2017

£5.99

ISBN: 9781782833895

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B06VY2ZXNH

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Humour & Gift, Philosophy & Ideas, Reference

What We Think About When We Think About Football (Paperback)

Simon Critchley

A philosopher's take on what makes the beautiful game

What do we think about when we think about football? Football is about so many things: memory, history, place, social class, gender (especially masculinity, but increasingly femininity too), family identity, tribal identity, national identity, the nature of groups. It is essentially collaborative, even socialist, yet it exists in a sump of greed, corruption, capitalism and autocracy.

Philosopher Simon Critchley attempts to make sense of it all, and to establish a system of aesthetics - even poetics - to show what is beautiful in the beautiful game. He explores, too, how the experience of watching football opens a particular dimension in time; how its magic wards off oblivion; how its dramas play out national identity and non-identity; how we spectators, watching football with tragic pensiveness, participate in the play. And of course, as a football fan, he writes about his heroes and villains: about Zidane and Cruyff, Clough and Revie, Shankly and Klopp.

Publication date: 03/05/2018

£8.99

ISBN: 9781781259221

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Humour & Gift, Philosophy & Ideas, Reference

Reviews for What We Think About When We Think About Football

'A quick and agile book: a kind of metaphysic of the football match, done by the Messi of modern philosophy'

Shahidha Bari Times Higher Education

'Simon Critchley is a figure of quite startling brilliance, and I can never guess what he'll do next, only that it is sure to sustain and nourish my appetite for his voice.'

Jonathan Lethem 

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Simon Critchley beguiles as he illuminates.

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David Mitchell 

'A beautiful book about the beautiful game ... the World Cup is coming - fans should start reading.'

John Kaag, author of American Philosophy: A Love Story 

Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley has published books on a wide expanse of ethical and philosophical subjects, including the bestselling The Book of Dead Philosophers, his cult novel Memory Theatre and his memoir-analysis of David Bowie – On Bowie (for Serpents Tail). He is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York, and series moderator of 'The Stone', a philosophy column in The New York Times. He comes from a Liverpool family and watches his team, devotedly, each weekend, 3306 miles away from Anfield.