David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 2 (3):285 – 301 (2008)
Many philosophers of sport maintain that athletics can contribute to our understanding of ourselves and the environments in which we live. It may be relatively easy to offer accounts of how athletes might acquire self-knowledge through sport; however, it is far more difficult to see how sport could add to the general understanding of human individuals, cultural frameworks or the material world. The study of sport as a way of worldmaking is helpful in understanding how sport can contribute to the pursuit of knowledge in such areas. The position I present is based on arguments made by Gunter Gebauer in his 1993 presidential address to the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport, 'Sport, theater, and ritual: Three ways of worldmaking', and in my explanation and interpretation of Gebauer's position, I rely heavily on Nelson Goodman's Ways of worldmaking . Gebauer's work is focused on traditional sports, and he argues that such sports create worlds that represent fundamental attitudes and values of the cultures that produce them. I argue that alternative sports are well suited to create new and original worlds that instantiate value systems in opposition to mainstream culture. I argue further that nature sports such as climbing and surfing represent relationships between humans and natural features, and that such sports, as a subcategory of alternative sports, are in a position to create new and original frameworks that can help us to better comprehend our relationships with natural environments
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Nelson Goodman (1978). Ways of Worldmaking. Harvester Press.
Kevin Krein (2007). Nature and Risk in Adventure Sports. In M. J. McNamee (ed.), Philosophy, Risk, and Adventure Sports. London ;Routledge 80.
Gunter Gebauer (1993). Sport, Theater, and Ritual: Three Ways of World-Making. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 20 (1):102-106.
William Cronon (1997). Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature. Journal of the History of Biology 30 (2):291-302.
Citations of this work BETA
Adam Berg (2014). Finding Wilderness Through Games. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 42 (1):137-151.
Kevin J. Krein (2014). Nature Sports. Philosophical Explorations 41 (2):193-208.
Kevin Krein (2015). Reflections on Competition and Nature Sports. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 9 (3):271-286.
Andrew Edgar (2013). A Hermeneutics of Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 7 (1):140 - 167.
Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza (2014). José Ortega y Gasset: Exuberant Steed. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 8 (3):285-314.
Similar books and articles
Andy Miah (2012). Genetic Technologies and Sport: The New Ethical Issue. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 28 (1):32-52.
Yotam Lurie (2002). The Ontology of Sports Injuries. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 16 (2):265-276.
Diana Abad (2010). Sportsmanship. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 4 (1):27 – 41.
Leslie A. Howe (2007). Being and Playing: Sport and the Valorisation of Gender. In William J. Morgan (ed.), Ethics in Sport. Human Kinetics, Inc 331.
Robert G. Osterhoudt (1973). The Philosophy of Sport: A Collection of Original Essays. Springfield, Ill.,Thomas.
Stephen Mumford (2011). Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotion for the Spectator. Routledge.
Bero Rigauer (1981). Sport and Work. Columbia University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads17 ( #204,157 of 1,790,151 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #266,358 of 1,790,151 )
How can I increase my downloads?