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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221264447
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 48
Size : 110 x 180 mm
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Do Sports have universal moral Value?

Jean-François Kahn (préface de)
Collection : Homo Ludens
Release date : 29/09/2022
 
“Faster, higher, stronger”; “May the best win!” – what do these mottos tell us about our human condition?
Can sporting rules have a universal value ? Universal in the sense of ubiquitous, without any doubt. But not universal in the moral sense of the word. Can we universalize as a moral imperative mottos like “faster, higher, stronger” or the victory of the strongest resumed in “may the best win”?... Can sporting rules have a universal value ? Universal in the sense of ubiquitous, without any doubt. But not universal in the moral sense of the word. Can we universalize as a moral imperative mottos like “faster, higher, stronger” or the victory of the strongest resumed in “may the best win”? Physical inequality can be universally advertised but has no universal moral value.
For Axel Khan, sport is a field made of light and shadows that invites us to reflect on the human condition. Placing his reflections in the tradition of Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy, he highlights that men are not things. If things like performances or records can have relative value, beings, i.e. the athletes, have an absolute value. Hence the categorical imperative to always treat humanity – in yourself as well as in others – as an end in itself and never as the means to something else.
 
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With the imprint Homo ludens, named after Huizinga’s eponymous groundbreaking work in cultural theory, Robert Laffont has created a platform for contemporary philosophers, scholars and critics where they can address a vast array of subjects pertaining to the relation between the human body and sports in the form of a short essay.
The last work of a widely read and highly respected author
Previous works include:
 “Between two Seas – Journey to the End of the Self” (“Entre deux Mers : Voyage au Bout de soi, Stock, 2015), over 59,000 copies sold;
“Thoughts on the Road” (“Pensées en chemins”, Stock, 2014), over 103,000 copies sold;  
“Reasonable and humane” (“Raisonnable et humain”, Nil, 2004) over 48,000 copies sold
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EAN : 9782221264447
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 48
Size : 110 x 180 mm
Robert Laffont