Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More on Diving in Soccer

Cesar Torres, editor of the recently published Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport, has a very nice piece on diving in soccer, from a few years back, which is well worth the read. Here's an excerpt:

"It is logically contradictory to simultaneously accept the rules of soccer and to circumvent them when opportunities arise. Strictly speaking, this is the case with of all forms of cheating: intentionally breaking the rules surreptitiously to gain an advantage that would not probably be obtained otherwise. Divers, then, excuse themselves from following the rules and treat opponents simply as means to their own ends while avoiding the game’s core objective."

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