Philosophy references relevant to embodiment and the value of physical activity

Selected philosophy references for Physical Literacy

The reading list below is very important for anyone wanting to fully understand and appreciate the philosophical underpinning of physical literacy.

Anyone seriously interested in physical literacy or those pursuing a PhD in physical literacy should have read all/most of the articles below as a background to the concept.

There are lots more e.g Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. But these listed are those who are a must read.

  • Bresler, L. (2004) Knowing Bodies. Moving Minds. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Burkitt, I. (1999) Bodies of Thought. Embodiment, Identity and Modernity. Sage London
  • Clark, A. (1997) Being There: Putting Brain, Body and World Together Again. London: MIT Press Claxton, G. et al (2010) Bodies of Knowledge. Edge Foundation
  • Gallagher, S. (2005) how the body shapes the mind. Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Gibbs, R.W. Jr. (2006) Embodiment and Cognitive Science. Cambridge University Press
  • Gill, J.H. (2000) The Tacit Mode. State University of New York
  • Lakoff, G. & Johnson, M. (1999) Philosophy in the Flesh. The embodied mind and its challenge to western thought. Basic Books. Perseus Book Group. Routledge
  • Leder, D. (1990) The Absent Body. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press

If you have come across any references, articles or authors that you feel should be included in this reading list

Whitehead, M. (2014).