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Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals

Daniel A. Dombrowski


Despite their influence in our culture, sports inspire dramatically less philosophical consideration than such ostensibly weightier topics as religion, politics, or science. Arguing that athletic playfulness coexists with serious underpinnings, and that both demand more substantive attention, this book harnesses the insights of ancient Greek thinkers to illuminate contemporary athletics. The author contends that the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus shed important light on issues—such as the pursuit of excellence, the concept of play, and the power of accepting physical limitations while ... More

Keywords: sport, athletics, ancient Greece, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, competition, war, human nature, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226155463
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226155494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel A. Dombrowski, author