Game-players and game-playing: a response to Kreider


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Royce, Richard (2013) Game-players and game-playing: a response to Kreider Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. ISSN 0094-8705

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This article is an examination of the recent contribution in this journal by Kreider. In that publication he argued against formalist and non-formalist positions concerning our understanding of game-player and game-playing, focusing his discussion around game rules and their relationship to the two key concepts. This led him to produce alternative conceptions of game-player and game-playing, and it is these conceptions tied closely to the idea of commitment, and Kreider’s arguments surrounding them, which are the subject of my article. Following an introduction, I summarize and evaluate Kreider’s dissatisfaction with earlier accounts. Then I present and examine key aspects of his proposals for a different understanding of game-players and game-playing. While I remain uncertain about some of his claims, overall my conclusions are characterized more by disagreement with him than by a sense that he has overcome problems previously expressed theories contain.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: game-player; game-playing; commitment; rules; Suits
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L390 Sociology not elsewhere classified
X000 Education > X500 National Curriculum > X520 Physical Education
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/00948705.2013.785426
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2013 03:01
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2015 10:22

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