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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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The Process of Becoming Virtuous

The Process of Becoming Virtuous

(p.125) 5 The Process of Becoming Virtuous
Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals
University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which analyzes how ancient Greek ideals operate in contemporary athletics, explains that the process of becoming a virtuous athlete requires several components. These include Paul Weiss's aretism, processual understanding of both the Homo ludens hypothesis and Olympism, and a contemporary defense of Plotinian askesis. The chapter also mentions that there is a history of using ancient Greeks to facilitate an understanding of contemporary athletics, including the works of Pierre de Coubertin and William Morgan.

Keywords:   ancient Greek ideals, contemporary athletics, virtuous athlete, Paul Weiss, aretism, Homo Ludens hypothesis, Olympism, Plotinian askesis, Pierre de Coubertin, William Morgan

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