Michael Tremblay (Pt1) | Stoicism | Sport Philosophy | Virtue | Martial Arts

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/tremblay/ In their writings, Stoic philosophers have many references to sport. But how did the Stoics think about a good life and a meaningful life? What role might sport have in all this? And most importantly: How can we cultivate stoic virtues when we are practising sport? The first part of our episode with MichaelContinue reading “Michael Tremblay (Pt1) | Stoicism | Sport Philosophy | Virtue | Martial Arts”

Sport, Happiness, Meaning and ‘the Good Life’

Philosophers throughout history have sought to understand what constitutes a good life. Two candidates often rise above the others: happiness and meaning. Happiness can be understood in many different ways. Psychologists have recently taken interest in the philosophical debates on the difference between hedonia and eudaimonia, that are often understood as two different conceptions ofContinue reading “Sport, Happiness, Meaning and ‘the Good Life’”

Greg Dryer (Pt1) | Physical Education | Critical Pedagogy | Fun | Positive Youth Development

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/dryer/ Is fun a necessary part of good physical education? Or are there other, more profound experiences that might be more important for young people? Our discussion with Greg Dryer explores meaning and value of physical education in young people’s lives, what we know about meaningful experiences, and what might be ways that we canContinue reading “Greg Dryer (Pt1) | Physical Education | Critical Pedagogy | Fun | Positive Youth Development”

Professor Gunnar Breivik (Pt2) | Skydiving | Authenticity | Breakdown | Heidegger | Sport Philosophy

Listen to the episode here. Can we become more authentic through high-risk sports such as skydiving? And why are discontinuities and breakdowns important when we try to understand meaning in human life? In the second part of our discussion with Professor Gunnar Breivik, we delve deeper into Heidegger’ philosophy and key ideas including being-towards-death, authenticity,Continue reading “Professor Gunnar Breivik (Pt2) | Skydiving | Authenticity | Breakdown | Heidegger | Sport Philosophy”

Positive and Negative Experiences – Part 2

I had an earlier post on the role of positive and negative experiences in living a meaningful sport-life. I mentioned that we might have focused too much on positive experiences when thinking of meaningfulness in sport. In this post, I will look into a couple of more studies on how the emotional tone of ourContinue reading “Positive and Negative Experiences – Part 2”

Dr Mark Nesti (Pt2) | Sport Under COVID-19 | Existential Psychology | Applied Sport Psychology | Joy | Beauty

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring uncertainty concerning the future of sports and reveals the underlying uncertainty of our lives and life projects. In the second part of the discussion with Dr Mark Nesti, we explore applied sport psychology with athletes during the pandemic. Mark has worked with a number of athletes and coaches duringContinue reading “Dr Mark Nesti (Pt2) | Sport Under COVID-19 | Existential Psychology | Applied Sport Psychology | Joy | Beauty”

Drs ‪Déirdre Ní Chróinín‬ and Tim Fletcher (Pt2) | Meaningful PE | PE Teacher Education | Youth Sport | LAMPE project

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/meaningfulpe2/ All physical education teachers most likely aim to facilitate meaningful movement experiences. But when asked how they do that, it is not so easy. After all, meaning and meaningfulness are elusive concepts and we cannot assume that what is meaningful for one participant is meaningful in a similar way for another participant. So, givenContinue reading “Drs ‪Déirdre Ní Chróinín‬ and Tim Fletcher (Pt2) | Meaningful PE | PE Teacher Education | Youth Sport | LAMPE project”

Is Sport Still a Project of Youth?

Developmental theories are not only descriptive, but also prescriptive: it is not only that one typically completes education, finds a job and gets married at a certain age, but that one is expected to do these things at this ‘right time’. The normative ideas about life course that circulate in our societies have massive implicationsContinue reading “Is Sport Still a Project of Youth?”

Dr Yunus Tuncel (Pt2) | Nietzsche and Sport | God is Dead | Suffering | the Overhuman | Values

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/tuncel2/ Nietzsche’s thought has been applied to many aspects of culture (art, theatre, etc.) but less often to sport. This second part of our discussion with Dr Yunus Tuncel addresses a number of intriguing questions: What did Nietzsche mean by declaring that God is Dead? How can sport contribute to meaningful lives in this worldContinue reading “Dr Yunus Tuncel (Pt2) | Nietzsche and Sport | God is Dead | Suffering | the Overhuman | Values”

On finding or losing our (athletic) self

Different strands of psychology and philosophy have ended up with different conclusions about the importance of ‘finding’ or ‘constructing’ a coherent and strong identity, or a sense of who we are. Should we develop this strong identity, or realise that identity and self are illusions that distort our view of the nature of reality? AndContinue reading “On finding or losing our (athletic) self”