Townsend Book Chat with Alva Noë: Infinite Baseball: Notes from a Philosopher at the Ballpark

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In Infinite Baseball (Oxford, 2019), Alva Noë (Philosophy) explores the many unexpected ways in which baseball is truly a philosophical kind of game — a window on language, culture, and the nature of human action, intertwined with deep and fundamental human truths. In an exploration that ranges across the act of umpiring, the role of instant replay, the concept of the strike zone, the rampant use of surgery, and the controversy surrounding performance-enhancing drugs, Noë, a lifelong Mets fan, joins the distinguished line of American philosophers who have embraced the national pastime.

Noë is joined by Anthony Cascardi (Dean, College of Letters & Science). After a brief discussion about the book, they open the floor for discussion.

This Townsend Center lunchtime series celebrates the intellectual and artistic endeavors of the UC Berkeley faculty. Each Berkeley Book Chat features a faculty member engaged in conversation about a recently completed publication, performance, or recording. The series highlights the extraordinary breadth and depth of Berkeley’s academic community.

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 Light refreshments