Hyped Virtues, Hidden Vices: The Ethics of Icelandic Sports Literature

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Standard

Hyped Virtues, Hidden Vices : The Ethics of Icelandic Sports Literature. / Sæmundsson, Guðmundur; Kristjánsson, Kristján.

In: Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2011, p. 379-395.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Author

Bibtex

@article{9df418a5625646e999377c602f0bd386,
title = "Hyped Virtues, Hidden Vices: The Ethics of Icelandic Sports Literature",
abstract = "Ideally, good sports literature illuminates the subtle moral contours of sports reality. We ask in this paper how modern Icelandic literature describes sport-related ethical issues and attitudes. Our findings indicate that, in stark contrast to the rampant egocentrism, individual vice and misconduct blighting Icelandic sports reality, modern Icelandic prose literature typically either ignores this reality or refers to sports as if they were in full harmony with idealised ancient virtues and morals. Our conclusion is that this discrepancy admits of four possible interpretations: that (1) theories about the individualism and egocentricity of modernity do not apply in Iceland and in Icelandic sports; (2) the writers are seriously self-deceived; (3) the writers write their books for the deliberate purpose of deceiving the public; (4) the writers write their books for the deliberate purpose of preaching. Our answer is that, while there may be reason to foreground (4), the explanation lies in a combination of those four factors. ",
author = "Gu{\dh}mundur S{\ae}mundsson and Kristj{\'a}n Kristj{\'a}nsson",
year = "2011",
doi = "10.1080/17511321.2011.587197",
language = "English",
volume = "5",
pages = "379--395",
journal = "Sports Ethics and Philosophy",
issn = "1751-1321",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis",
number = "4",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Hyped Virtues, Hidden Vices

T2 - The Ethics of Icelandic Sports Literature

AU - Sæmundsson, Guðmundur

AU - Kristjánsson, Kristján

PY - 2011

Y1 - 2011

N2 - Ideally, good sports literature illuminates the subtle moral contours of sports reality. We ask in this paper how modern Icelandic literature describes sport-related ethical issues and attitudes. Our findings indicate that, in stark contrast to the rampant egocentrism, individual vice and misconduct blighting Icelandic sports reality, modern Icelandic prose literature typically either ignores this reality or refers to sports as if they were in full harmony with idealised ancient virtues and morals. Our conclusion is that this discrepancy admits of four possible interpretations: that (1) theories about the individualism and egocentricity of modernity do not apply in Iceland and in Icelandic sports; (2) the writers are seriously self-deceived; (3) the writers write their books for the deliberate purpose of deceiving the public; (4) the writers write their books for the deliberate purpose of preaching. Our answer is that, while there may be reason to foreground (4), the explanation lies in a combination of those four factors.

AB - Ideally, good sports literature illuminates the subtle moral contours of sports reality. We ask in this paper how modern Icelandic literature describes sport-related ethical issues and attitudes. Our findings indicate that, in stark contrast to the rampant egocentrism, individual vice and misconduct blighting Icelandic sports reality, modern Icelandic prose literature typically either ignores this reality or refers to sports as if they were in full harmony with idealised ancient virtues and morals. Our conclusion is that this discrepancy admits of four possible interpretations: that (1) theories about the individualism and egocentricity of modernity do not apply in Iceland and in Icelandic sports; (2) the writers are seriously self-deceived; (3) the writers write their books for the deliberate purpose of deceiving the public; (4) the writers write their books for the deliberate purpose of preaching. Our answer is that, while there may be reason to foreground (4), the explanation lies in a combination of those four factors.

U2 - 10.1080/17511321.2011.587197

DO - 10.1080/17511321.2011.587197

M3 - Article

VL - 5

SP - 379

EP - 395

JO - Sports Ethics and Philosophy

JF - Sports Ethics and Philosophy

SN - 1751-1321

IS - 4

ER -