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Examined Sport: Peter Arnold, “Three Approaches Toward an Understanding of Sportsmanship”

Peter Arnold’s 1984 article “Three Approaches Toward an Understanding of Sportsmanship” looks at sportsmanship as a social union, as the promotion of pleasure, and as a form of altruism. Arnold also criticizes James Keating’s view of sportsmanship that was discussed in a previous episode.

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Examined Sport: Randolph Feezell, “Sportsmanship”

In his 1986 article, “Sportsmanship,” Randolph Feezell argues that James Keating’s classic account of sportsmanship goes too far in radically separating sports and athletics. In this episode, we examine Feezell’s criticism of Keating and then look at Feezell’s account of sportsmanship as a virtue between seriousness and non-seriousness.

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Examined Sport: James Keating, Sportsmanship

What is sportsmanship? We all know we are supposed to be good sports but how do we know what that means in practice? To answer such questions, we need an account of sportsmanship. In this episode, we are going to look at the classic account of sportsmanship given by James Keating in his “Sportsmanship as Moral Category,” published in Ethics in 1964.

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Examined Sport Podcast

A preview of the planned upcoming episodes of Examined Sport Podcast

  • January: James Keating, “Sportsmanship as a Moral Category”
  • February: Randolph Feezell, “Sportsmanship”
  • March: Peter Arnold, “Three Approaches Toward an Understanding of Sportsmanship”
  • April: John Russell, “Are Rules All an Umpire Has to Work With?”
  • May: Nicholas Dixon, “Canadian Figure Skaters, French Judges, and Realism in Sport”

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Examined Sport: Edwin Delattre, “Some Reflections on Success And Failure in Competitive Athletics”

In this episode of Examined Sport, I discuss Edwin Delattre’s 1975 paper: “Some Reflections on Success And Failure in Competitive Athletics.” This papers stands out for the distinction between winning and success; and losing from failure. It is also one of the earliest accounts of the logical incompatibility thesis.

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Examined Sport: Warren Fraleigh: “Why the Good Foul is Not Good”

The intentional foul highlights why it is important to understand the nature of rules in sports. In this episode of Examined Sport, I discuss Warren Fraleigh’s “Why the Good Foul is Not Good.” In this 1982 paper, Fraleigh presents an influential critique of the tactical intentional foul, igniting decades of discussion about the ethics of the intentional or ‘good’ foul.

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Examined Sport: The Ethos of Games

In this episode of Examined Sport, I discuss Fred D’Agostino’s “The Ethos of Games.” In this 1981 paper, D’Agostino critiques Formalist view of games and defends an alternative theory we call conventionalism.

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Examined Sport: Bernard Suits’ “The Elements of Sport”

In this episode of Examined Sport, I examine Bernard Suits’ “The Elements of Sport.” This 1973 essay applies Suits’ definition of game-playing (see the “What is a Game?” episode) to sport.

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Examined Sport: Bernard Suits, “What is a Game?”

In this episode of Examined Sport, I examine Bernard Suits’ “What is a Game?” Suits presents his influential definition of game-playing in this discipline-defining article first published in 1967.

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