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Vinod Balakrishnan

is Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. He is a practising poet, motivational speaker, reviewer of books and a yoga enthusiast. He teaches Creative Writing and Professional Communication. His research interests include Somaesthetics, Life Writing, Film Studies, Culture and Critical Theory. Like many Indians, he is passionate about the game of Cricket and Brazilian Football. He was the General Editor of the 12-volume Encyclopedia of World Mythology (2013) in Malayalam. He has also published Conversations with Indian Political Cartoonists: Politickle Lines (2018), Somaesthetics and Yogasutra: A Reading through Films (2021).

Peg Brand Weiser

is Laureate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona and Emerita Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, Indiana University. She is editor of Beauty Unlimited (2013) and Beauty Matters (2000), and has published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Simone de Beauvoir Studies, and various anthologies. Forthcoming is a “Myles Brand Era Special Issue” of the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport co-edited with Scott Kretchmar and a collection of essays in light of Covid-19 entitled, Albert Camus’s The Plague: Philosophical Perspectives.

Andrew Edgar

is Reader Emeritus at Cardiff University and an honorary staff member of Swansea University’s School of Sport Science. His research interests include the philosophy of sport, and critical theory. He is the editor of the journal Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, and has published numerous articles within the philosophy of sport, and one monograph, Sport and Art: An Essay in the Hermeneutics of Sport (2014). He has also published two studies of Jürgen Habermas’s philosophy and social theory, The Philosophy of Habermas (2005), and Habermas: Key Concepts (2006). He is a distance runner.

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza

is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Linfield University (Oregon). A former president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (iaps), he is the recipient of iaps’ 2020 Warren Fraleigh Distinguished Scholar Award. His areas of expertise include philosophy of sport, phenomenology, philosophy of mind, comparative philosophy, and aesthetics. He has published Holism and the Cultivation of Excellence: Skillful Striving (2106, Routledge), dozens of journal articles and many book chapters on sport, martial arts, and comparative philosophy. Current research is concerned with an interdisciplinary and comparative examination of expertise. An avid cyclist, swimmer, and freediver, he also enjoys hema-style sparring with his steel longsword.

Graham McFee

teaches in the Philosophy Department at California State University Fullerton, and is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the university of Brighton (UK). He has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics within philosophy, and written extensively in books and journals. His primary interests, apart from philosophy of sport, are philosophical aesthetics (especially the aesthetics of dance) and the philosophy of Wittgenstein. His principal book publications include Free Will (Acumen, 2000); Sport Rules and Values (Routledge, 2004); Ethics, Knowledge and Truth in Sports Research (Routledge, 2010); The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance (Dance Books, 2011); On Sport and the Philosophy of Sport (Routledge, 2015); How to do Philosophy: A Wittgensteinian Reading of Wittgenstein (Cambridge Scholars, 2015); Philosophy and the ‘Dazzling Ideal’ of Science (Palgrave, 2019).

Barbara Gail Montero

is Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island. Her research focuses on two very different notions of ‘body’: body as the physical or material basis of the mind, and body as flesh and blood instrument that we use when we run, walk, or dance. She is the author of Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind (oup, 2016) and a former professional ballet dancer.

Aidan Moran

was Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College Dublin. His research investigated the cognitive processes underlying expertise in fields like sport, surgery and music. He wrote/co-authored 21 Psychology books over the course of an illustrious career.

William J. Morgan

is Professor in the Division of Occupational Science and School of Communication, University of Southern California, USA. His major research interests are in ethics, critical theory and political theory, and most of his work has been devoted to the study of popular culture, especially contemporary sports and the Olympic Games. He is the author or editor of five books on sport, including Leftist Theories of Sport (1994) Why Sports Morally Matter (2006). He has been the recipient of the Distinguish Scholar Award from the International Association of the Philosophy of Sport, and elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Kinesiology.

Claire Solomon

is Associate Professor of Hispanic studies and comparative literature at Oberlin College. She is the author of Fictions of the Bad Life, and short fiction and essays about avant-garde theater, anarcho-feminism, Manic Pixie Dream Girls, translation theory and new music. She is currently at work on a novel about higher education and the libretto of a new opera, Centuries in the Hours, with composer Lisa Bielawa.

Anita Stahl

is Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies. She is currently working on her first book project, tentatively titled Reading Between the Baselines: Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Elite Women’s Tennis. The monograph theorizes how women’s elite tennis functions as both an expression and incubator of discourse, globally. Anita’s work as a tennis photographer and writer has appeared in numerous publications. She feels at home on tennis courts and ski slopes.

Matti Tainio

is a Doctor of Arts and a visual artist. He is interested in various forms of human experience in the context of applied aesthetics. His doctoral research focused on the various relationships between art and sport in contemporary culture. During his postdoctoral period (2016–2020), Tainio explored the significance of aesthetic experiences in contemporary physical activities through recreational distance running practices. In addition to his thesis Parallel Worlds – Art and Sport in Contemporary Culture (2015), Tainio has written articles about the aesthetics of distance running and walking. Currently, Tainio is a lecturer at the University of Lapland.

John Toner

is a lecturer in sports coaching and performance science at the University of Hull (UK). He has published widely on the role conscious processes play in facilitating ‘continuous improvement’ among skilled performers. Recent work on this topic has been published in Body & Society, Review of Philosophy and Psychology, and the Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

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