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    Ethical theories in sport philosophy tend to focus on interpersonal relations. Little has been said about sport as part of the good life and as experienced from within. This article tries to remedy this by discussing a theory that is fitting for sport, especially elite sport. The idea of perfection has a long tradition in Western philosophy. Aristotle maintains that the good life consists in developing specific human faculties to their fullest. The article discusses Hurka's recent version of Ari…Read more
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    Bodily movement - the fundamental dimensions
    Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 2 (3). 2008.
    Bodily movement has become an interesting topic in recent philosophy, both in analytic and phenomenological versions. Philosophy from Descartes to Kant defined the human being as a mental subject in a material body. This mechanistic attitude toward the body still lingers on in many studies of motor learning and control. The article shows how alternative philosophical views can give a better understanding of bodily movement. The article starts with Heidegger's contribution to overcoming the subje…Read more
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    The purpose of this article is to present a phenomenological description of how athletes in specific risk sports explore human interaction with natural elements. Skydivers play with, and surf on, the encountering air while falling towards the ground. Kayakers play on the waves and with the stoppers and currents in the rivers. Climbers are ballerinas of the vertical, using cracks and holds in the cliffs to pull upwards against gravity forces. The theoretical background for the description is foun…Read more
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    Philosophy of Sport in the Nordic Countries
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 37 (2): 194-214. 2010.
    In 1972 I attended the Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress in Munich. For the first time science and sport were brought together in connection with the Olympic Games. The organizers presented a book Sport in Blickpunkt der Wissenschaften (Sport from a Scientific Point of View) that summarized history and state of the art of the main sport scientific approaches (41). The German philosopher Hans Lenk gave a presentation of a broad array of past and present interpretations of sport from a philosophic v…Read more
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    Sporting knowledge and the problem of knowing how
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 41 (2): 143-162. 2014.
    In the Concept of Mind from 1949 Gilbert Ryle distinguished between knowing how and knowing that. What was Ryle’s basic idea and how is the discussion going on in philosophy today? How can sport philosophy use the idea of knowing how? My goal in this paper is first to bring Ryle and the post-Rylean discussion to light and then show how phenomenology can give some input to the discussion. The article focuses especially on the two main interpretations of knowing how, intellectualism and anti-intel…Read more
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    According to a view defended by Hubert Dreyfus and others, elite athletes are totally absorbed while they are performing, and they act non-deliberately without any representational or conceptual thinking. By using both conceptual clarification and phenomenological description the article criticizes this view and maintains that various forms of conscious thinking and acting plays an important role before, during and after competitive events. The article describes in phenomenological detail how el…Read more
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    Sport In High Modernity: Sport as a Carrier of Social Values
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 25 (1): 103-118. 1998.
    No abstract
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    14 Sport, gene doping and ethics
    In Claudio Marcello Tamburrini & Torbjörn Tännsjö (eds.), Genetic Technology and Sport: Ethical Questions, Routledge. pp. 165. 2005.
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    Searle, Merleau-Ponty, Rizzolatti – three perspectives on Intentionality and action in sport
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 44 (2): 199-212. 2017.
    Actions in sport are intentional in character. They are directed at and are about something. This understanding of intentional action is common in continental as well as analytic philosophy. In sport philosophy, intentionality has received relatively little attention, but has more recently come on the agenda. In addition to what we can call ‘action intentionality,’ studied by philosophers like Searle, the phenomenological approach forwarded by Merleau-Ponty has opened up for a concept of ‘motor …Read more
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    Being-in-the-Void: A Heideggerian Analysis of Skydiving
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 37 (1): 29-46. 2010.
    No abstract
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    Can basejumping be morally defended?
    In M. J. McNamee (ed.), Philosophy, Risk, and Adventure Sports, London ;routledge. pp. 168. 2007.
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    What would a deep ecological sport look like? The example of Arne Naess
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 46 (1): 63-81. 2019.
    ABSTRACTSince the 1960s environmental problems have increasingly been on the agenda in Western countries. Global warming and climate change have increased concerns among scientists, politicians and the general population. While both elite sport and mass sport are part of the consumer culture that leads to ecological problems, sport philosophers, with few exceptions, have not discussed what an ecologically acceptable sport would look like. My goal in this article is to present a radical model of …Read more
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    ABSTRACTMy perspective in this paper is to look at sport and other physical activities as a way of exploring and experimenting with the environing world. The human being is basically the homo moven...
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    The role of skill in sport
    Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 10 (3): 222-236. 2016.
    Skill is obviously a central part of sports and should therefore be central in sport philosophic studies. My aim in this paper is to try to place skill in a wider context and thus give skill the place it deserves. I will do this by taking up four points. I first try to place the concept of skill in relation to concepts like ability and know how. I argue that ability is something one has as part of a natural endowment, but skill is something one must acquire. ‘Knowing how’ seems to a greater exte…Read more
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    Intentionality and Action in Sport: A Discussion of the Views of Searle and Dreyfus
    Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 12 (2): 133-148. 2018.
    The article looks at sport as a form of human action where the participants display various forms of Intentionality. Intentionality may be defined as ‘that property of many mental states and events by which they are directed at or about or of objects and states of affairs in the world.’ Sporting actions are about human intentions, beliefs, desires, perceptions and not to forget, movements. This means that sports typically display what we call ‘Intentionality.’ The study of Intentionality and int…Read more
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    Hvor moralsk tenker fotballspillere? – en empirisk studie av toppfotball
    with Lars Tore Ødegård
    Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics 9 (2): 33. 2015.
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    Fra egoisme til sjenerøsitet – kan toppidretten reformeres?
    Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics 4 (1). 2010.
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    Skills, knowledge and expertise in sport
    Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 10 (3): 217-221. 2016.
  • The Quest for excitement and the safe society
    In M. J. McNamee (ed.), Philosophy, Risk, and Adventure Sports, London ;routledge. pp. 10. 2007.