The fascination with watching sports he argues is probably the most popular and potent contemporary form of aesthetic experience in the classic very literal sense of this concept in exploring this idea gumbrecht develops a lucid reflection on the pleasures of sports spectatorship and the nature of athletic beauty. And yet this experience so widely craved and intensely felt we commonly dismiss as only a game a book that looks beyond the usual explanations of why sports fascinates in praise of athletic beauty also strives for a language that can frame even enhance the pleasure we take in watching athletic events. In praise of athletic beauty by hans ulrich gumbrechtis the book and football the central gamegumbrecht really is a fan and he is trying to make sense of a fans experience instead of focusing on the easy cases everybody can admire divers and gymnasts and the lacier kind of ice skaters he takes for his subject the aesthetic of . To ask other readers questions about in praise of athletic beauty please sign up be the first to ask a question about in praise of athletic beauty i loved it gumbrechts framework is nuanced which makes his work unique in that its not a sports for sports sake work not sociology and not . In praise of athletic beauty is a paean to what sports fans already love sports metapsychology online tony obrien yes being a sports fan is not pure aesthetic appreciation it is deeply enmeshed as bourdieu and others could easily show in social psychic economic and political strategies
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