The Psycho-Biological Bases of Sports Supporters' Behaviour: The Virtuous Supporter

Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 6 (4):423-438 (2012)
Abstract
Given current studies in moral psychology and following recent cases of wrong behaviour occurred in elite sporting events ? e.g. the racist chants scandals in the English Premier League or the events following Mourinho's poke in the eye scandal ? I shall analyse the extent to which supporters' brain make-up is determining them to behave in an ?unfair way?. Yet this paper is not just a work on descriptive ethics, but a normative ethics work. Therefore, once I have developed the ?psycho-biological account of sports supporters?, I shall explore whether or not a more virtuous account of sports supporting can be drawn. In order to fulfil this normative task I shall appeal to the concept of ?fair play?. The common view of fair play defines it as ?the act of abiding by the rules?. However, my account of fair play is more complex and it is based on the moral principle of respecting others. This is the reason why fair play is not just something related to athletes but to supporters as well. To conclude, I shall sketch the boundaries of fair-play-based supporting behaviour in order to propose some policies or strategies that can help us to promote a ?healthy? and virtuous behaviour among fans
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 11,399
External links
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
Fred D'Agostino (1981). The Ethos of Games. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 8 (1):7-18.
Nicholas Dixon (2001). The Ethics of Supporting Sports Teams. Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (2):149–158.

View all 13 references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Similar books and articles
J. S. Russell (2012). The Ideal Fan or Good Fans? Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 6 (1):16-30.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2012-11-16

Total downloads

6 ( #207,204 of 1,102,971 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

4 ( #84,832 of 1,102,971 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.