A critique of mutualism’s combination of the Aristotelian and Kantian traditions

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In this article, I will identify two key normative principles at the core of Robert L. Simon’s mutualist theory of sport, namely, the respect-for-the-opponent principle and the idea that sport is a practice aimed at pursuing excellence. The former is a Kantian principle grounded in human beings’ rationality, and the latter is an Aristotelian principle related to the development of excellences as a means to human flourishing. After having presented and analyzed both principles, I will critically evaluate Simon’s attempt to combine them within his mutualist approach. To conclude, I will highlight the challenges that mutualism should face to complete such a combination more successfully. Abbreviation: Categorical imperative (CI).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-176
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Philosophy of Sport
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 4 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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