Philosophical Dimensions in Sport
Wainaina, Paul K.
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Philosophy of Sport is a branch of Philosophy that seeks to conceptually analyze issues of sport as a human activity. It is concerned with questions and practical debates that arise in the context of sports. This branch of Philosophy originated in Ancient Greece with the advent of the Ancient Olympic Games. It utilizes non-empirical methods of philosophers to examine sport issues. The issues of sport fall in three philosophical categories that include metaphysics, ethics and moral philosophy, as well as political philosophy. Specifically, important questions that are explored in Philosophy of Sport relate to the nature, value, social virtues and morality in sports. Other related areas include mind-body holism, sexuality and gender, amateurism and professionalism, as well as the logic of rules in sport. By addressing questions in these areas, a better understanding of sport can be realized. This paper therefore, traces the historical development of Philosophy of Sport as an academic discipline and sheds light on the areas of philosophical debate in modern sport.