Huizinga and the <i>Homo Ludens</i> Hypothesis

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:
Huizinga and the Homo Ludens Hypothesis

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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

Chapter.  9163 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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