Athletics, embodiment, and the appropriation of the self

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 17 (2):92-107 (2003)
Abstract
The paper argues that authentic human selfhood requires the adequate integration of bodily awareness into the self-conception of self, and that a highly significant contributor to this process is athletic activity (sports). The role of athletics in self-integration is examined from phenomenological and moral-political standpoints, and it is argued that, although athletic activity's inherent goal of realizing ontological unity through embodied intentionality is ideally suited to this task, the organization of sport too frequently thwarts this purpose, either through exclusion of potential athletes or exploitation of committed participants.
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