Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 31 (2):196-211 (2004)

William Stephens
Creighton University
Randolph Feezell
Creighton University
Philosophers of sport have debated whether supporting one team over others is commendable or morally suspect. We show how Stoicism sheds light on this controversy. Several caricature views of Stoic sportsmanship are studied. Stoics learn how to enjoy the blessings that come their way without mistakenly judging challenges to be hardships that detract from their happiness. Stoic sportsmen celebrate the successes of their teams while exercising the virtues of patience, endurance, loyalty, and appreciation of athletic excellence when their teams flounder. The Stoic ideal is not to be an indifferent, disinterested spectator, but rather a calm, polite, and engaged sportsman.
Keywords Stoicism  sport  ideal sportsman
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DOI 10.1080/00948705.2004.9714660
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