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Journal Cover   FairPlay, Revista de Filosofia, Ética y Derecho del Deporte
  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
   ISSN (Print) 2014-9255 - ISSN (Online) 2014-9255
   Published by Universitat Pompeu Fabra Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Interview to Warren Fraleigh

    • PubDate: 2014-10-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
  • What are we cheering' Sport and the value of valuing

    • Authors: Tara Smith
      Abstract: Against the dismissal of sport as “only a game” not worth the deep investment that so many fans make in it, sport is often defended on the grounds that it cultivates important virtues of character that are useful in a range of real-life applications (discipline, resilience, pride, teamwork, and so on). Whatever merit these claims may have, this paper calls attention to something that has not been sufficiently previously appreciated, namely, what sport reveals about the nature of value. By considering the experience of the serious fan (rather than that of the player or casual spectator), the paper argues that sport illuminates important aspects of how to value, of the point of valuing, and of the propriety of valuing. It further argues that, even more fundamentally, the experience of the serious fan helps us to appreciate the ways in which valuing is itself a value.
      PubDate: 2014-10-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
  • On Creativity in Sporting Activity: With Some Consequences for Education

    • Authors: Daniel Campos
      Abstract: This paper proposes a definition of sporting creativity that is based on a phenomenological account of sporting experience. Taking philosophical cues from the thought of Charles Sanders Peirce, it argues that creativity in sporting activity is the ability to respond to the physical challenges encountered in the practice of sport in spontaneous and imaginative ways on the basis of carefully cultivated physical and mental—or bodyminded—habits. This definition involves several key Peircean notions such as imagination, spontaneity, habit, and the continuity of body and mind, which are expounded one by one (section I). Some examples then illustrate the proposed definition (section II). This is followed by a more detailed discussion of the relationship between imagination, bodyminded skill, practice, experience, and the conception of possibilities in order to enrich the phenomenological description of creative sporting activity (section III). The paper then turns to consider some reasons why sporting creativity is of philosophical interest to sporting communities and, especially, for the integral education of the bodyminded person (section IV). These reasons are finally recast in terms of possibilities for creative self-realization in sport, highlighting the upshot of an education for creativity (section V).
      PubDate: 2014-10-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
  • Taking games seriously 
Sportmanship and the paradox of zero-sum

    • Authors: Marco Antonio Azevedo
      Abstract: Competitive games are zero-sum games; would be sports zero-sum practices' Aurel Kolnai said that game players exhibit an odd volitional posture that turns games into paradoxes. Bernard Suits disagreed. In zero-sum games, says Suits, conflict is intentional. It cannot be paradoxical, because each player aims one identical goal, but rather two different personal goals. Nevertheless, Kolnai has a point, since players fall into a predicament if they seriously adopt the attitude of playing games with their internal aims of winning them. In the extent that games continue to be non-seriously played, they do not represent predicaments for agents. But if an agent decides to take some game seriously, her attitude becomes behaviorally paradoxical. The reason is that competitive games are zero-sum activities. But with sports it is different. Being institutionalized social practices, sports offer persistent possibilities of winning. Differently from what happens in the case of mere ludic enterprises, organized competitions allow a better distribution of wins; and in a long-standing involvement in the practice, sportsmen can accumulate good results in the long run. Sports seem to be an evolved solution for a basic human predicament: the impossibility of attaining happiness and personal fulfillment by means of mere ludic enterprises.
      PubDate: 2014-10-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
  • La corrupción en el deporte

    • Authors: Jorge Malem
      Abstract: Corruption is a global phenomenon. It is not surprising that it affects sports too. The first step to understand properly this phenomenon is its conceptualization and typology. The effects of corruption destroy and affect all kinds of sports. The sport corruption presents certain peculiarities and for that reasons their detection and suppression is more complicated than in other areas of society.
      Issue No: Vol. 2
  • The Aesthetic Experience of the Combat athletes in Taekwondo

    • Authors: Rebeca Cardozo Coelho, Lev Kreft, Teresa Lacerda
      Abstract:   The research on the aesthetic experience may be focused both on the athlete's perspective and on the observer’s. Although some studies have already emphasized the importance of sportsman’s aesthetic experience, it is exactly in this domain that large gaps in the literature can be perceived. The aim of this study is to understand the aesthetic experience lived by Taekwondo Portuguese National Team athletes, in the combat practice. The research of qualitative nature, with a phenomenological approach, has an exploratory and a descriptive character. The speech of fourteen athletes was collected in semi-structured interviews, and the information was treated from a mapping of the athletes’ speech contents. It was concluded that the combat athlete, in search of the beautiful and accurate technical-tactical execution, in the face of the most diverse opponents, with an aggressive and an assertive attitude, and at sometimes surpassing risky situations and showing his/her inner energy through kihap (yell), is able to overcome, to win and to live an aesthetic experience.
      Issue No: Vol. 2
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