Book Chapters

Ryall, E. (2018) Good Games as Athletic Beauty: Why Association Football is Rightly Called the Beautiful Game. In R. Askin, C. Diederich & A. Bieri. The Aesthetics, Poetics, and Rhetoric of Soccer. London: Routledge.





Huang, Yuanfan and Ryall, Emily S (2017) On the relationship between philosophy and game-playing. In: The Philosophy of Play as Life. Routledge, London.





The Handbook of the Study of Play

Russell, W. and Ryall, E. (2015) Philosophizing Play In J. E. Johnson, S. G. Eberle, T. S. Henricks, D. Kuschner (eds.) The Handbook of the Study of Play. London: Rowman and Littlefield.






Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport

Ryall, E. (2014) Resource Guide to the Philosophy of Sport. In C. R. Torres (ed) The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport. London: Bloomsbury.





Ryall, E. (2013) Conceptual Problems with Performance Enhancing Technology in Sport. In A. O’Hear (Ed.) Philosophy and Sport. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement: 73. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.





Culbertson, L., McNamee, M. and Ryall, E. (2013) Ethics in Sport. In J. Beech and S. Chadwick (Eds.) The Business of Sport Management (2nd edition). Harlow: Pearson.





Ryall, E. (2013) Playing with Words: Further comments on Suits’ definition. In E. Ryall, W. Russell, and M. MacLean (eds.) The Philosophy of Play. London: Routledge.






Ryall, E. (2011) The notion of a science of sport: some conceptual considerations. In H. Schulz, P.R. Wright, T. Hauser (Eds.) Exercise, Sports and Health. Chemnitz: Chemnitz University of Technology. ISBN 978-3-941003-41-5

Utilising some of the arguments by Peter Winch in ‘The Idea of a Social Science’, this chapter reviews whether the notion of a sports science is equally conceptually flawed.



Ryall, E. and Olivier, S. (2010) Ethical issues in coaching dangerous sports. In A. Hardman and C. Jones (Eds.) The Ethics of Sports Coaching. London Routledge.

This chapter considers the role and responsibilities of a coach in dangerous sports and evaluates both  libertarian and paternalistic arguments.




Ryall, E. (2007) Cricket, Politics and Moral Responsibility: Where do the boundaries lie? In H. Sheridan, L. Howe, K. Thompson (Eds.)  Sport, Culture & Society: Philosophical Reflections. Meyer & Meyer

This chapter focuses upon who should be making the moral decisions on the participation of athletes in politically sensitive sporting events.