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Exploring the depths of play: re-calibrating metaphysical descriptions and re-conceptualizing sources of value

Carlson, Chad

Sport, ethics and philosophy. Volume 7:Issue 3 (2013); pp 342-355 -- Routledge

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  • Title:
    Exploring the depths of play: re-calibrating metaphysical descriptions and re-conceptualizing sources of value
  • Author: Carlson, Chad
  • Found In: Sport, ethics and philosophy. Volume 7:Issue 3 (2013); pp 342-355
  • Journal Title: Sport, ethics and philosophy
  • Subjects: Sports--Moral and ethical aspects--Periodicals; Sports--Philosophy--Periodicals; play--metaphysics--value--meaning; Dewey: 796.01
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge
  • Abstract:

    This paper has two main parts to it. First, it is an attempt to clarify certain metaphysical issues regarding play. Play scholars from any number of academic disciplines have created a vast body of literature on the topic that seems overwhelming. Therefore, I offer descriptions of four characteristics of play that seem most experientially prominent and most indicative of the many play descriptors that previous authors have used. Second, I make axiological claims that follow from the metaphysical descriptions. I argue against many previous authors, as I assert that play is not different in kind from our normal workaday lives but instead is only different by degree. Play is a deeper engagement with the world than that which we normally experience.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100028042406.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1751-1321; doi/10.1080/17511321.2013.833975
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 8419.523000
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100028042406.0x000001

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