Sport and philosophy are our major legacies from ancient Greece. This is not a coincidence: we take brains and muscle apart at our peril. Even today, the Olympics Movement website includes at the top of its homepage a list of the philosophers who attended the original Olympic Games. This is the basis of sports’ claim to support human excellence and happiness: sport arises from within a philosophical culture and gives its adherents — whether participants or spectators — opportunities for reflection on features of life that are otherwise difficult to reflect upon. Sport is an important addition to contemplation, artistry, appreciation, socialising, worship, and the other reflective leisure activities. But it is also the leisure activity that is most naturally understood as playing: if an activity is sport, it is always ‘people playing’.
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