Sport and authenticity

Miloš Bednář


This article focuses on the concept of authenticity as understood by Heidegger, Taylor, and Ferrara and its relationship to sport.  I divide Heidegger’s unusual terms (existentiales) from“Being and time” into the categories of authenticity and inauthenticity and provide examples of each from the field of sport. In further I analyse the ethical standpoint of authenticity which is in the centre of both ethical and sociological discourse today. Taylor´s conceptions of moral ideal and culture of authenticity are critically assessed. Ferrara´s models of authenticity appear to me as a good basis for various utilization in the area of sport. Finally, I argue for a mixed model of authenticity that includes both antagonistic and integrative elements.


Authentic existence; Ethics of sport; Heidegger; Inauthenticity


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