Contemporary physical activities : the aesthetic justification

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Tainio , M 2019 , ' Contemporary physical activities : the aesthetic justification ' , Sport in Society , vol. 22 , no. 5 , pp. 846-860 . https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2018.1430483

Title: Contemporary physical activities : the aesthetic justification
Author: Tainio, Matti
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
Date: 2019-05-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Sport in Society
ISSN: 1743-0437
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299527
Abstract: The customary view of today's recreational physical activities turns the human movement into a rational practice that is pursued for practical reasons only: for health, vitality, stamina and longevity. This prevalent point of view affects the understanding of the ends, content and quality of physical activities and it creates a bias where the biological, physiological and medical characteristics of physical activities are emphasized while the sensuous, experiential and creative aspects are suppressed. This results in a partial understanding about the significance of human movement in contemporary culture. The article analyses the reasons for this distorted view of physical activity and formulates a rationale for the aesthetic justification for the contemporary way of being active. In addition, the article explores on the role of the (aesthetic) experience in contemporary physical activities as well as examines the possibilities of change the aesthetic justification can provide the physical activity.
Subject: 6132 Visual arts and design
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