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    Bourdieu’s Field Theory Revisited: A Case for ‘National Signification’.Torgeir Fjeld - 2023 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 18 (2).
    This essay investigates whether the term national signification may serve better than the more common national identity to describe how sports people variously enrol and reference the nation to position themselves and their practice. Taking the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu as a ground for analysis, this essay investigates four cases involving elite athletes from Norway to situate them within the field of sports culture and the larger fields of power and class relations. For Bourdieu actors’ ‘practical sense’ mediated between (...)
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    Perversion's Beyond: life at the edge of knowledge.Torgeir Fjeld - 2019 - Dresden and New York: Atropos Press.
    In what arrived belatedly as an announced, but delayed, preface to Marquis de Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom, Jacques Lacan interrogates the relations Sade could be said to have had with, on the one hand, Sigmund Freud, and, on the other, Immanuel Kant.1 Despite the presuppositions at the time of its writing, the text was first published as “Kant avec Sade” in the journal Critique in 1963 and only later reappeared as the preface it had been conceived as: announcing the (...)
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    Rock Philosophy: meditations on art and desire.Torgeir Fjeld - 2018 - Wilmington, Delaware: Vernon Press.
    Is the creative act like a volcano: an outburst that lights up the universe? This volume connects reason with desire and the arts in ways that enable us to imagine how creativity can bring us closer to the truth. The artistic quest for freedom stands in stark contrast to philosophy's call to subordinate art to reason and tradition. The struggle between them has culminated in artistic attempts to subsume philosophical matters within the domain of art. One central question in this (...)
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    Spectacular sports as desire engine.Torgeir Fjeld - 2009 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 3 (3).
    This essay discusses how spectacular sports are framed in an national, epic world of fathers, firsts and bests, and put to use in regulating desire by narrating the fundamental fantasies that hold the subject together. Spectacular sports provide allegories of the excessive body, and these embodied narratives are meticulously produced through an individualizing training machine designed to deliver moments of excess. Sports produce phantasms of peak moments and phallic dominance, and symbolize a conquest of youth, women and the working population. (...)
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    Signifying the body: nation, sport and the cultural analysis of Pierre Bourdieu.Torgeir Fjeld - 2005 - Dissertation, University of Roehampton
    The present study is an interrogation of theories of culture and nation in the context of spectacular sports. It proposes a view of nationalism as discourses that articulate and produce nations through narrative acts. A wide array of concepts and tools are drawn from the work of Pierre Bourdieu and contrasted with methods and notions from discursive and semiotic analysis to interrogate a national-sports nexus in which sports are vehicles to embody nations, their matrices of thought and perception, and their (...)
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    Heidegger's radical critique of technology as an outline of social acts.Wolfgang Schirmacher & Torgeir Fjeld - 2018 - Inscriptions 1 (1).
    The present text shows that the prevailing view of Martin Heidegger's approach to society and technology is not only based on prejudice, but more importantly works to obscure a more relevant perception of reality. Heidegger's “phenomenological hermeneutic” sought to uncover technology's hidden truth, beyond the appearance of technology as framing our existence (Gestell). Even if we acknowledge that technology has now reached a planetary and all-encompassing dissemination – becoming, in effect, the leading figure of our time – we still need (...)
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    Philosophy of Sport: Core Readings, 2nd edition, edited by Jason Holt. [REVIEW]Torgeir Fjeld - 2023 - Teaching Philosophy 46 (3):417-420.
    Philosophy of Sport: Core Readings is a competent attempt at providing college instructors and students with a comprehensive set of key texts in a wide variety of topics in sports philosophy. This second edition is both a testament to the success of the first edition and an elaboration and refinement of the former. Before we investigate further the differences between the two editions and assess whether this is a convincing revision, let us consider more generally the state of the field (...)
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