The Metaphysics of Ping Pong: Table Tennis as a Journey of Self-Discovery

Guido Mina di Sospiro. Quest, $16.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-8356-0942-5
At first blush, readers might wonder just how the game of ping pong can be related to the metaphysical enterprise. But di Sospiro sees in the question "to spin or not to spin" a deeply spiritual quest for understanding of the self and of one's place in the larger philosophical search for meaning and understanding. The author acknowledges no borders— the I Ching takes its place alongside Plato in the rich tapestry of esoterica laid out here. Readers will be fascinated by di Sospiro's growing passion for the game of ping pong as he challenges remarkable players who offer him both stiff competition and an opportunity to grow in self-understanding. Breezily written, not for the scholar but for the layperson, this excellent work can constitute a perfect introduction to the vast history of humankind's quest for philosophical clarity. And where else can you find Sheryl Crow, Carl Jung, and Google mentioned side by side? Readers wanting to experience the broad flow of philosophical exploration will find this to be a gold mine. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/24/2015
Release date: 09/01/2015
Ebook - 240 pages - 978-1-4481-6327-4
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