Philosophy & Sport

Mark Edmundson asks whether collegiate athletes should be taught Plato, who reflected at length on reason in relation to passion. I wonder whether athletes at Christian colleges should be required to reflect theologically on a range of issues that might transform how they envision spirit, mind, body, and community (bodies in relation).

It’s not only the athletes that need to (re)think these things, but more importantly college and university trustees, administration, and athletic departments whose accumulated pressures result in a perverse formation of athletes as whole persons.

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