Gribbin, John. Science: A History 1543-2001. London: Allen Lane/Penguin Books, 2002. The rise of modern science in print culture transformed the agonistic spirit of pro-and-con debate in the verbal arts of rhetoric and dialectic to a new level, just as the rise of modern capitalism in print culture also transformed the agonistic spirit to a new level.
Huizinga, Johan. Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture. The translator is not identified by name. London: Routledge, 1949. A classic.
Koziak, Barbara. Retrieving Political Emotion: Thumos , Aristotle, and Gender. University Park, Pennsylvania: PennsylvaniaStateUniversity Press, 2000. The part of the human psyche that Plato and Aristotle refer to as "thumos" (usually rendered as the spirited part) is the psychodynamism of agonistic behavior.
Lloyd, G. E. R. Polarity and Analogy: Two Types of Argumentation in Early Greek Thought. Cambridge, England: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1966.