Sport is not just about athleticism: beauty matters too

Ryall, Emily S ORCID: 0000-0002-6050-4353 (2016) Sport is not just about athleticism: beauty matters too. Aeon, N/A (N/A). N/A-N/A.

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Two examples highlight the distinction that the sports philosopher David Best made in Philosophy and Human Movement (1978) between purposive sports and aesthetic sports. In purposive sports, there are objective measures for winning, such as scoring a goal or crossing the line. With aesthetic sports, such as gymnastics, figure-skating or high-board diving, the outcome is determined by the subjective judgment of experts. Some people even wonder if aesthetic sports are sports at all because of the judging involved.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Online article, no volume, issue or pagination. No DOA.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Emily Ryall
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 11:26
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:09

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