Martial Arts as a Pathway to Flourishing

Chapter

Abstract

In this chapter, the theoretical and empirical literature is reviewed concerning the psychosocial correlates of training in the martial arts. Guided by cross-cultural research, positive psychological work on character strengths and virtues, and Alasdair MacIntyre’s neo-Aristotelian philosophy, the author argues that the martial arts can be seen as a eudamonic practice in which personal development and flourishing may be pursued.

Keywords

Martial arts Positive psychology Virtues Flourishing Aristotle Courage Justice Temperance Wisdom Benevolence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentBriercrest College and SeminaryCaronportCanada

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