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Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals$
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Daniel A. Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226155463

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226155494.001.0001

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Huizinga and the Homo Ludens Hypothesis

Huizinga and the Homo Ludens Hypothesis

(p.73) 3 Huizinga and the Homo Ludens Hypothesis
Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the contents of Johan Huizinga's book Homo Ludens about athletics. Huizinga tried to explain human culture as possible by way of the ludic: athletics as well as language and philosophy. He also emphasized that the Homo Ludens hypothesis is firmly rooted in Plato's philosophy that God alone is ultimately worthy of seriousness and we human beings are players.

Keywords:   athletics, Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens, human culture, ludic, Plato's philosophy

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