Child's play: A multidisciplinary perspective

Human Studies 26 (4):409-430 (2003)
Competition obscures the realities and significance of play, in particular, the bodily play originating in infancy and typical of young children. A multidisciplinary perspective on child's play elucidates the nature of child's play and validates the distinction between competition and play. The article begins with a consideration of ethological research on play in young human and nonhuman animals, proceeds to a consideration of psychological research on laughter as a primary kinetic marker of play, and ends with a philosophical examination of the foundational moral significances of child's play.
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy   Modern Philosophy   Philosophy of the Social Sciences   Political Philosophy   Sociolinguistics
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DOI 10.1023/B:HUMA.0000003668.23164.7d
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R. Scott Kretchmar (2007). The Normative Heights and Depths of Play. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 34 (1):1-12.
R. Scott Kretchmar (2007). The Normative Heights and Depths of Play. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 34 (1):1-12.

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