R. Scott Kretchmar

 R. Scott Kretchmar

Professor Emeritus of Exercise and Sports Science

Contact Information

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


(fax) 814-865-1275




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

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.


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


Recent Honors:

2010 The “R. Scott Kretchmar Graduate Student Essay Contest” award established by the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport

2010 Graduate Teaching Award, Penn State University (one recipient, University-wide)

2010 Presidents Award for Excellence in Academic Integration, Penn State University (one recipient University-wide)

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

R. Scott Kretchmar vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Contexts and Social Institutions