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Weiss and the Pursuit of Bodily Excellence

in Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226155463
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226155494 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226155494.003.0003
Weiss and the Pursuit of Bodily Excellence

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This chapter examines the view of athletics as the pursuit of bodily excellence. It discusses Paul Weiss's book Sport: A Philosophic Inquiry, in which he offered a defense of what was at least implicit in the ancient philosophers—that athletics is a way of achieving arete through embodied means. The chapter also highlights the importance of athletics in understanding the Platonic concern for being as power, specifically the power to subjugate the body through athletic discipline.

Keywords: athletics; bodily excellence; Paul Weiss; A Philosophic Inquiry; arete; being as power; athletic discipline

Chapter.  14162 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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