Philosophical Approaches to Coaching

Authored by: Jeffrey P. Fry

Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829809
eBook ISBN: 9780203466261
Adobe ISBN: 9781134119141


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In this chapter, I analyze trends in contemporary philosophical reflection on coaching, and I point to some bold and perhaps, in the estimation of some individuals, unsettling future directions for philosophical thought and research. This is an invitation to consider potentially far-reaching ideas about minds, brains, and decision making in terms of their possible implications for a philosophy of coaching. These ideas challenge the default view, which involves a kind of “dogmatic slumber” reflected in the widespread, implicit acceptance of a pervasive “perennial philosophy.” 1

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