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The Process of Becoming Virtuous

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/9780226155494.003.0006
The Process of Becoming Virtuous

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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

Chapter.  9379 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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