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The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) famously proclaimed that “God is dead and we have killed Him.” Might one say similarly that in today s “winner take all” society “sportsmanship is dead and we have killed it”? Is the very concept no longer relevant in the modern age of competitive sports? In this essay I will show how three long dead philosophers—Aristotle, Kant, and the aforementioned Nietzsche—still have much to teach us about sportsmanship and its continued relevance for the present day.


Chapter is from Sportsmanship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives © 2016 Edited by Tim Delaney by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640.

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