R. Scott  Kretchmar 

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Professor Emeritus of Exercise and Sport 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


Kretchmar, S. (Ed.) (2017). Philosophy of Sport. Farmington Hills, MI: Cengage/Macmillan Learning.

Kretchmar, S., Dyreson, M., Gleaves, J, Llewellyn, M. (2017). Practical History and Philosophy of Physical Activity. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Referred Articles:

Kretchmar, S. (2017). Sports, Fiction, and the Stories They Tell. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 44, 1, 55-71.

Lawson, H and Kretchmar, S. (2017) A Generative Synthesis for Kinesiology: Lessons
from History and Visions for the Future. Kinesiology Review, 6, 2, 195-210.

Kretchmar, S. (in press). Gateways to culture: Play, Games, Metaphors, and Institutions. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 18, 1-2

Curriculum Vitae

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