José Ortega y Gasset: Play as Self-overcoming and Relaxation from the Stress of Reality Cover Image
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Хосе Ортега-и-Гасет: играта като себенадмогване и разтоварване от действителността
José Ortega y Gasset: Play as Self-overcoming and Relaxation from the Stress of Reality

Author(s): Lazar Koprinarov
Subject(s): Philosophy, Studies of Literature, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy, History of ideas, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: sport; play; self-overcoming; utopianism; hunting

Summary/Abstract: In the first part of the article, play is considered as a sport. In this case, sport is interpreted figuratively - as a metaphor for a particular type of being of humans. Ortega y Gasset’s essential definition of sports as play refers to the urge toward self-overcoming: „the game requires playing, as much as possible, better“. The second part of the article analyzes the relationship between play and „good utopianism“. Finally, the author analyzes the interpretation of Ortega y Gasset’s idea of hunting and reveals another meaning of play – as a form of relaxation from reality. The article draws comparisons between the idea of play in Schiller, Huizinga and Ortega y Gasset.

  • Issue Year: XXV/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 18-31
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English, Bulgarian