Dr. Raymond A. Belliotti is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Miami. Dr. Belliotti has published several books; his most recent publication is Happiness is Overrated (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).
2006 0-7734-5889-1 Western philosophy began with two monumental aspirations: to unravel the mysteries of the universe and to construct the best recipe for living the good life. Today, sports play a major role in the lives of many people. A striking correlation exists between the noblest virtues of baseball and discussions of living the good life by the greatest thinkers in the history of philosophy.
The book explains the nine virtues of playing and eleven commandments of coaching baseball. These virtues and commandments are then connected to the best ways to live the good life according to the wisdom of classical and contemporary philosophers such as Camus, Epictetus, Gramsci, Machiavelli, Marx, Nietzsche, Nozick, Plato, Sartre, Schopenhauer, Socrates, and Unger.