Graham McFee, PhD
Instructor of Philosophy

Graham McFee is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy from the University of Brighton, UK; and works in the Philosophy Department at Cal State Fullerton.

His academic interests range widely in philosophy, to include both the philosophy of sport and the aesthetics of dance (where his 2011 book The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance was awarded the Selma Jean Cohen prize by the American Society for Aesthetics). Although he regards those interests as strictly bounded by philosophy, they do extend to a scholarly interest in the ideas of Pierre de Coubertin, since determining the precise content of de Coubertin’s ideas is a necessary prelude to evaluating them.

Publications since 2015-2012.

2014 ‘Ethical considerations’ in L. Neilson et al. (eds) Research Methods in Sports Coaching, London: Routledge pp. 98-108.

2013 ‘Making Sense of Philosophy of Sport’ Sport, Ethics and Philosophy Vo. 7 No. 4 pp. 412-429.

2013 ’Officiating in aesthetic sports’ Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Vol. 40 No 1 pp. 1-17.

2013 ‘Admirable legs”; or, Knowing “… the dancer from the dance” (or vice versa?)’ in B. Rowell, et al. (eds) Thinking Through Dance, Dance Books pp. 22-45 (see D7 below)

2013 ‘Dance’ in Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (3rd Edition), London: Routledge pp. 649-659.

2013 ‘Obituary David Best’, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy Vol. 7 No.3 pp. 201-213.

2013 ‘Defusing dualism: John Martin on dance appreciation’, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 71, No. 2, Spring pp. 187-194.

2012 ‘Olympism and sport’s intrinsic value’, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. Vol. 6 No. 2: 211-231.

2012 ‘In remembrance of dance lost’, Choros: International Journal of Dance [on-line]

2012 ‘Research subjects, voluntary informed consent, and ethical covert research’ in A. Adams & K. Spracklen (eds) Sport and Leisure: Ethics, Rights and Relationships, Leisure Studies Association: pp. 15-28. (ISBN 978-905369-010).


2015 ‘The un-beautiful game’, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, Vol. XX No. XX: XX-XX.

2015 ‘An institutional account of sport’, in M. J. McNamee & W. Morgan (eds) Handbook to the Philosophy of Sport. London: Routledge.

2015 On Sport and the Philosophy of Sport. London: Routledge.

Also forthcoming: [2015] How to do Philosophy: A Wittgensteinian Reading of Wittgenstein. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press

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