R. Scott  Kretchmar 

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Professor Emeritus of Exercise and Sports Science

Contact Information

268K Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-1275



Research Interests

The metaphysics and ethics of games, play, and sport. Anthropological philosophy, in particular, the role of games and play in human evolution. Theory of mind and the intellectual requirements of sporting activity.


Ph.D., 1971, Physical Education, University of Southern California


  • Philosophy and values of physical activity
  • Ethics of sport
  • Games and the evolution of human intelligence

Selected Publications

Hwang, C. H. and Kretchmar. S. (2010) Aristotle’s golden mean: Its implications for the Doping debate. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, XXXVII,1, 102-121.

Kretchmar, S. (December, 2009). NCAA tax exemption: An assessment of Colombo’s education argument. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 2, 2, 184-201.

Kretchmar, S. (2009). A critical review of “Sport” by Colin McGinn. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, XXXVI, 2, 258-262.

Curriculum Vitae

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Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Contexts and Social Institutions