Purism and the Category of ‘the Aesthetic’: The Drama Argument

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This paper examines one component of Stephen Mumford’s case for the claim that we should regard sport, art and the aesthetic as more closely connected than has tended to be the case, under the influence of the work of David Best, in recent years. Mumford’s rejection of what I call ‘the drama argument’ is examined in detail and it is argued that all but one element of his case fails to do the job he envisages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Philosophy of Sport
Issue number1
Early online date8 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2017


  • aesthetics of sport
  • David Best
  • drama
  • purist and partisan
  • Stephen Mumford
  • theaesthetic
  • the drama argument.


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