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Instrumentality and values in sport

Instrumentality and values in sport

Parry Martínková, Irena

subjects: philosophy, sports and physical education – pedagogy

paperback, 150 pp., 1. edition
published: october 2013
ISBN: 978-80-246-2288-0
recommended price: 180 czk



This book considers the role of instrumentality in sport and its influence on the athlete. Instrumentality is defined as a means-ends relationship, and it is discussed from the perspective of the logic of sport. The author researches two levels of instrumentality in sport – extrinsic and intrinsic instrumentality – and introduces and describes two kinds of values with respect to the two kinds of instrumentality: the extrinsic values of sport and the intrinsic values of sport. The book discusses a wide range of problems arising from the instrumental nature of sport, and their effect upon intrinsic values and the human being.

table of contents

I. Introduction
1. Introduction
2. The structure of the book
3. Methodology
4. Definitions
5. Human existence and instrumentality

II. Instrumentality in sport
6. Two kinds of instrumentality in sport
7. Sport and its extrinsic instrumentality and values
8. Problems of extrinsic instrumentality and values of sport
9. Sport and its intrinsic instrumentality
10. The intrinsic values of sport
11. Problems of intrinsic instrumentality and values of sport

III. Balancing the instrumentality in sport
12. Education, sport and the balancing of instrumentality
13. Decreasing the 'constraining' extrinsic values of sport
14. Promoting the 'enhancing' extrinsic values of sport
15. Keeping the intrinsic values of sport in perspective
16. Understanding the athlete and the nature of sport
17. Re-designing sport disciplines
18. Focusing on the process
19. Adding non-instrumental activities into sport training

IV. Conclusion
20. Choosing the fair or the temple

V. Abstract

VI. References

Index of authors