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The Purist/Partisan Spectator Discourse: Some Examination and Discrimination

Davis, Paul (2018) The Purist/Partisan Spectator Discourse: Some Examination and Discrimination. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 13. ISSN 1751-1321

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The spiralling discourse of sport spectatorship is a compelling development within recent sport philosophy. It is argued that the conceptual foundations of the purist and partisan carry problems. The purist carries the dubious baggage of traditional aesthetics and should be supplanted by the aesthetically neutral cognoscente. The partisan, especially as unpacked by Mumford, is a chimera. Partisanship contains a regard for the excellences of the practice within its own logic. It is argued also that Mumford’s picture of ‘frenetic’ partisanship and ‘tranquil’ purism is over-dichotomised and that partisan response to opposition excellence, and to the plays of one’s own side, is nuanced according to context. The essay also proposes the new concept of the deep partisan, who has a deep and heavily cognitivised love of his club and an intimately connected equivalent love of the excellences of the practice.

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Depositing User: Paul Davis


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Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 11:33
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 13:01