Imagining being disabled through playing sport: The body and alterity as limits to imagining others' lives
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 2 (2):142 – 157 (2008)
Qualitative research methods in sport often advocate that to understand others, obtain significant knowledge and do ethically admirable research we should empathise with our participants by imagining being them. In philosophy, it is likewise often assumed that we can overcome differences between people through moral imagination: putting ourselves in the place of others, we can share their points of view, merge with them, and enter into their embodied worlds. Drawing partly on the view that imagination is embodied and the philosophy of Bakhtin and Levinas, along with research on people's experiences of becoming disabled through playing sport, this paper problematises the assumption that we can imagine ourselves differently situated or being another person. It argues that our imagination and ability to put ourselves in the place of others is constrained partly by embodied experience and otherness. Some reflections on what this might mean for disability and sport research are then offered
|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
M. M. Bakhtin (1990). Art and Answerability: Early Philosophical Essays. University of Texas Press.
Arthur W. Frank (2004). The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live. University of Chicago Press.
Arthur W. Frank (1995). The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics. University of Chicago Press.
Peter Goldie (2000/2002). The Emotions: A Philosophical Exploration. Oxford University Press.
Emmanuel Levinas (1981). Otherwise Than Being: Or, Beyond Essence. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Boston.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Edward S. Casey (1976). Imagining: A Phenomenological Study. Indiana University Press.
P. Joyce (2003). Imagining Experiences Correctly. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 103 (3):361-370.
Elizabeth Loftus, Imagination Inflation: Imagining a Childhood Event Inflates Confidence That It Occurred.
Shaun Nichols (2006). Just the Imagination: Why Imagining Doesn't Behave Like Believing. Mind and Language 21 (4):459–474.
Laurens Landeweerd & Ivo van Hilvoorde (2008). Disability or Extraordinary Talent—Francesco Lentini (Three Legs) Versus Oscar Pistorius (No Legs). Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 2 (2):97-111.
Peter Goldie (2005). Imagination and the Distorting Power of Emotion. Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (8-10):127-139.
Susan Wendell (1989). Toward a Feminist Theory of Disability. Hypatia 4 (2):104 - 124.
G. Reddiford (1981). Moral Imagining and Children. Journal of Moral Education 10 (2):75-84.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads3 ( #290,560 of 1,099,003 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #287,293 of 1,099,003 )
How can I increase my downloads?