David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 2 (3):274 – 284 (2008)
The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between Friedrich Nietzsche's notion of the agon (Greek for contest) and the construction of athletic ability. In 'Homer's contest', Nietzsche claims that the ancient Greek agon was a contest that included only the most qualified competitors battling each other for honour and victory. Nietzsche seeks to restore the agon in contemporary society. Nietzsche believes that contests have lost this agonistic meaning since they are no more than contrived competitions between underqualified opponents. I am extending the discussion to the domain of sport. If we stage an agon reminiscent of Greek antiquity, we could have a genuine competition between the most qualified athletes
|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
Jan Boxill (ed.) (2003). Sports Ethics: An Anthology. Blackwell Pub..
Friedrich Nietzsche (1996). Human, All Too Human. Cambridge University Press.
Friedrich Nietzsche (2004/2008). Twilight of the Idols ;. Dover Publications.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1990/2003). Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future. Penguin Books.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1909/1974). The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche: The First Complete and Authorised English Translation. Gordon Press.
Alan D. Schrift (1999). Respect for the Agon and Agonistic Respect. New Nietzsche Studies 3 (1-2):129-144.
Jessica Berry (2011). Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition. Oxford University Press.
Jessica N. Berry (2011). Guest Editor's Introduction: Nietzsche's Ancient History. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 42 (1):4-6.
Nicholas Dixon (2007). Trash Talking, Respect for Opponents and Good Competition. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 1 (1):96 – 106.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads29 ( #59,009 of 1,098,886 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #114,377 of 1,098,886 )
How can I increase my downloads?