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Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza
Professor, Department Chair

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Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Linfield College (Oregon), which he joined in 2006. There, he has received the 2011-2012 Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award and was 2008-2009 Allen & Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar. In 2013-15 he served as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS); he was also the Conference Chair for IAPS from 2011-2013.

He has published Holism and the Cultivation of Excellence in Sports and Performance: Skillful Striving (Routledge 2016), many articles in specialized journals: Journal of the Philosophy of Sport,Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences,Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy, and more, , as well as many book chapters on comparative philosophy, martial arts, and sports. He has also co-edited a book on philosophy and cycling. He is Book Review Editor for North America for the journal Sport, Ethics & Philosophy.

Currently, he is part of Daniel Hutto’s Australian Research Council project Minds in Skllful Performance alongside Shaun Gallagher and Michael Kirchoff (DP170102987)

An avid cyclist, swimmer, and budding freediver, he also enjoys a good sparring bout with his longsword.


  • BS in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh with honors
  • MA in Philosophy and MS in Sociology of Sport, PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

PUBLICATIONS (Selected - see CV for full list)


  • Holism and the Cultivation of Excellence in Sports and Performance: Skillful Striving. 2016. London: Routledge. 

Edited version of a two-volume Special Issue monograph, Skillful Striving: Holism and the Cultivation of Excellence in Sports and Performative Endeavors:(200,000 words/370 pp.). See section on Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Please. 

  • Editor, with Michael W. Austin, Cycling—Philosophy for Everyone: A Philosophical Tour the Force. Wiley & Blackwell. 2010.275 pages. Also published in German. Die Philosophie des Radfahrens. Mairish Verlag. 2013.

2018 – Forthcoming (F) or Under Review (R)

  • Chapter (F): Culture in mind – An enactivist account: Not cognitive penetration but cultural permeation. With Hutto, D., Gallagher, S., J., & Hipólito, I. In Culture, mind, and brain: Emerging concepts, models, application.sL. J. Kirmayer, S. Kitayama, C. M. Worthman, R. Lemelson, & C. A. Cummings (Eds.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Chapter (F): High Performance, Risk Sports, and Japanese Thought and Culture, [PI] with Krein, K. and Ericson, K. The MIT Press Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology. Cappuccio, M. Ed. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Article (F): With D. Hutto. Selfless Activity and Experience: Radicalizing Minimal Self-Awareness Special Issue: The Relational Self - Basic Forms Of Self-Awareness. TOPOI, an International Journal of Philosophy.
  • Chapter (R):Dewey Goes the Distance: On Habit, Radical Enactivism, and Endurance Sports[PI] with Gallagher S., Hutto D, Beam, K. American Pragmatism and Endurance Sports. D. Hochstetler (Ed.). Lexington Books.
  • Chapter (R): Self- and other-awareness in joint expert performance, with Gallagher, S. The Routledge Handbook of Skill and Expertise.  Pavese C. and Fridland E.  Routledge. (Eds.). London: Routledge.
  • Article: (F): Encuentro EH y JP: Apuntes para una filosofía del deporte radical y global, El futuro de los juegos y deportes tradicionales en los márgenes de la globalización deportiva.Kazuyuki Taketani, (Ed.). University of Kobe Press.
  •  Academic – Journal Articles & Book Chapters – Peer Reviewed
  • 2018.“On The Compatibility Between Confucianism And modern Olympism,” with Leo Hsu, Journal of Chinese Philosophy.DOI: 10.1111/1540-6253.12241     
  • 2017. “Muscular Imaginings—A Phenomenological and Enactive Model for Imagination.” Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. 2017. 11 (1): 92/108. 
  • 2017. “A Different Way to Play: Holistic Sporting Experiences In Philosophy: Sport.Macmillan interdisciplinary handbooks, edited by R. Scott Kretchmar. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan: 319–343.
  • 2017. High-level Enactive and Embodied Cognition in Expert Sport Performance, with Kevin Krein, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 11 (3): 370-384.
  • 2016. “Taijiquan and the Body without Organs” with Tien-Deng Yu.  Journal of the Philosophy of Sport.2016. 43 (3): 424-439.
  • 2016, “Sports and Disciplined Movement – Paths To Stimulating Strivings” Recerca: Revisa de Pensament I Anàlisi.18: 49-72. 
  • 2015.From Unskilled Failure to Skillful Fluency: A phenomenological analysis of and Eastern solution to sport’s choking effect. Special issue on Choking in Sport. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.Cappuccio, M. (Ed.). 2015.DOI10.1007/s11097-014-9408-5. (2). 397-421.
  • 2015. “Eastern Philosophy” in Handbook for the Philosophy of Sport. [PI] with Hata Takayuki. Morgan, W. and McNamee, M. (Eds.) (London: Routledge). 98-114.

Monograph:Skillful Striving: Holism and the Cultivation of Excellence in Sports and Performative Endeavors

2014. Part I. Essays 1-5. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. 8 (3): 221-342.

2014. Part II. Essays 6-10 +Appendix. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. 8 (4): 343-584.

  • 2014. Encyclopedia Article: “Bicycles” for Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: An International Resource, 2nd Edition. Editor in Chief: J. B. Holbrook.  Assoc. Editor: C. Mitcham. 207-209
  • 2014. “An East-West Comparative Analysis of Mushin and Flow,” with K. Krein for a special volume Philosophy and the Martial Arts. Young; Priest (Eds.). Routledge.  2014. 139-164. 
  • 2014 Jogos Tradicionais: na encruzilhada entre a globalização e a preservação - um estudo de caso sobre a "Corrida de Toros". Also in English as “Traditional Games: at the Crossroads between Globalization and Preservation— A Case Study of the Running of the Bulls.”  In (Org) Zimmermann, A.; Saura, S.C. Jogos Tradicionais. São Paulo: Ed. Laços. pp. 69-88. [Commissioned]
  • 2014. “The Quest for Meaningful and Lifelong Learning” in Philosophy, Sport and Education: International Perspectives. M. Isidori, F.J. López Frías & A. Müller (Eds.) Roma: Sette Citá. 43-70.
  • 2014,“The Philosophy of Sport in Relation to Japanese Philosophy and Pragmatism” [PI] with Fukasawa Koyo and Takemura Mizuho, in A Companion for the Philosophy of Sport. C. Torres, (Ed.) (London & New York: Bloomsbury Editions). 66-82.
  • 2013. “El componente formativo en los procesos de tecnificación deportiva: Una pócima filosófica legal y moral para el rendimiento en el deporte y la vida” in Formacción, el rol del deporte en la formación del talento humano.” Claudia Roca (Ed.)(Quito, Ecuador: Ministry of Knowledge and Human Talent). 114-135.
  • 2013. “Moving Wisdom: Explaining Cognition Through Movement,” in Fair Play: Journal of Sport Philosophy, Ethics and Law. 1 (1): 58-87. 
  • 2013. “Ortega y Gasset, José,” Entry for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Print and online editions. H. Lafollette (Ed.). Wiley & Blackwell. 
  • 2012. “A New Heart for Turkish Soccer: a MacIntyrean analysis of the beautiful game,” with Cem Kuleli. Special issue, Routledge journal Soccer & Society. 2012. 13 (5-6), 667-687. 
  • 2011.“El Equipo Justo,” with C. Torres, Revista de Ciências Sociais.42 (1) Jun-Jul 2011. 27-49.
    • Anthologized: 2015. Pensando la Educación Física como Área de Conocimiento: Problematizaciones pedagógicas del sujeo y el cuerpo.Ed. Adrián Ferreira. Buenos Aires: Miño y Dávila. 
  • 2011. “Weaving the Magic: Philosophy, Sports and Literature” Philosophy of Sport: International Perspectives. A. Hardman & C. Jones (Eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 50-71.
  • 2009. “Érase una vez…las fabulosas tribulaciones filosóficas del deporte, la niñez, y la sabiduría.” In Niñez, deporte y actividad física: reflexiones filosóficas sobre una relación compleja. C. Torres (Ed.).  Miño y Dávila Editores. Buenos Aires. (November 2008 in Argentina, March 2009 in Spain.) 195-230.
  • 2008. “Athletic Bodies and the Bodies of Athletes: A Critique of the Sporting Build.” Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, Fall 2008. Vol. 25.2. 15-22.
  • 2008. “Between the Horns. Part II: an existentialist solution to the dilemma on the running of the bulls.” Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy. Volume 2. Issue 1.18-38.
  • 2007. Between the Horns. Part I: a dilemma in the interpretation of the running of the bulls.” Sport, Ethics, and PhilosophyVolume 1. Issue 3. 325-345.
  • 2007. “Kant Goes Skydiving: Understanding the Extreme by way of the Sublime,” in Philosophy, Risk and Adventure Sports.Ed. Mike McNamee. Routledge.149-167.
    • Anthologized: 2015. Philosophy of Sport: Critical Concepts in Sports Studies. Ed. By R, Scott Kretchmar & Peter Hopsicker. Vol. III. London: Routledge. 302-321.
    • Anthologized: 2010. The Ethics of Sports. Ed. by Mike McNamee.  London: Routledge. 467-48
  • 2006. “Goles Trascendentales,” in ¿La pelota no dobla? Reflexiones filosóficas en torno al fútbol.  Cesar R. Torres and Daniel G. Campos (Eds.). Buenos Aires: Zorzal. 25-57.

Popular Imprints [to bring philosophy to the public sphere] - Peer Reviewed

  • 2012. “Go tell the Spartans: Honor, Courage, and Excellence.” Chapter in The Olympics and Philosophy. H. Reid & M. Austin (Eds.) Kentucky University Press. 68-85.
  • 2012. “On the Crest of the Wave: The Sublime, Tempestuous, Graceful, and Existential Facets of Sailing,” in Sailing—Philosophy for Everyone.Patrick Goold (Ed.). 109-121.
  • 2010. “Embellishing the Ugly Side of Football,” Jesús M. Ilundáin-Agurruza and Cesar R. Torres, in Soccer & Philosophy. Ted Richards (Ed). Open Court. 185-196.
  • 2010. “Life Cycles and the Stages of a Cycling Life,” inCycling—Philosophy for Everyone, Ilundáin & Austin (Eds.) Wiley & Blackwell. 253-265.
  • 2010. “Taking a Shot” in Hunting—Philosophy for Everyone,N. Kowalski (Ed.), Wiley & Blackwell. 13-22

Book Reviews 

  • 2016.Toward a Genealogy of Spectacle: Understanding contemporary spectacular experiencesTuncel, Y. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy
  • 2014.Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport.H. Reid. 2014.  Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 40 (1), 177-184.
  • 2012.Climbing—Philosophy for Everyone: because it is thereSport, Ethics, and Philosophy6 (1). 85-90
  • 2011. Gol de Media Cancha: conversaciones para disfrutar del deporte plenament.Cesar R. Torres. Buenos Aires: Miño y Dávila Editores. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy  6 (3), 2012. 396-401. 
  • 2011.Gol de Media Cancha: conversaciones para disfrutar del deporte plenamente. 2011. Cesar R. Torres. Buenos Aires: Miño y Dávila Editores. Dilemata. 209-215. [In Spanish; different content]
  • 2009.Chinese Aesthetics and Literature: A reader, by Corinne H. Dale (Ed.) Chinese Studies. Vol. 27, No. 1. 339-344.
  • 2003.Philosophy and Literature: An Introduction,by Ole Martin Skilleås for the American Society for Aesthetics Newsletter. Vol. 23, No. 1. 3-5.
  • 2002.Philosophy of Literature: An Introduction,by Christopher New for the American Society for Aesthetics Newsletter. Vol. 21, No. 3. Winter issue. 6-7.
  • 2001. A Stoppardian review of Chris Rojek’s Leisure and Culturein One Act in Aethlon: Journal of Sport Literature. Vol. 19, No. 1. Fall Issue. 191-193.

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Born and raised in Pamplona, Spain, he ran with the bulls for a number of foolish years. Today he is an avid cyclist, swimmer, and budding freediver with a passion for diving with sharks. He also enjoys sparring with his Regenyei steel longsword as I train in medieval/renaissance swordsmanship..


Natural de Pamplona, España, corrió en los encierros de toros durante unos cuantos años locos. Hoy día, es un ávido ciclista y nadador, además de apneísta en ciernes al qur le entusiasma bucear con tiburones. También disfruta mucho entrenando en esgrima medieval y renacentista, a la par que le encanta hacer ‘sparring’ con su espada de acero Regenyei.