Who was the better athlete? Which was the better team?

Mika Hämäläinen

Who was the better athlete? Which was the better team?

Číslo: 1/2016
Periodikum: Acta Universitatis Carolinae Kinanthropologica
DOI: 10.14712/23366052.2016.1

Klíčová slova: philosophy of sport; betterness in sport; athletic superiority, filozofie sportu, Sportovní štěstí; Atletická nadřazenost

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Anotace: Often, there is disagreement about who is the better athlete, or the better team. The aim of this paper is to clarify a recent disagreement between the author (Mika Hämäläinen) and Arvi Pakaslahti about different views of ‘betterness’ in sport competitions. I introduced a ‘three criteria’ model of betterness, which suggested the following three criteria: the official result, the ideally adjudicated result and the display of athletic skills. Pakaslahti criticised my account and introduced his own model, which has two built-in ideals of sport competitions: the Athletic Superiority Ideal and the Just Results Ideal. I argue that when we look behind the terminological differences, there is surprisingly little genuine disagreement between my account and Pakaslahti’s.