More than just a Game - Football as a Philosophical, Anthropological, and Sociological Subject

Freie Universität Berlin

There are many reasons for the global success of football. The game fulfils our longing for triumph and endorses our knowledge of failure. It produces heroes and losers, demonstrates that we have to fight to reach our aims, but also shows the importance of cooperating and interacting. Thus football acts as a theatre of existence, in which life can both mirror and transcend itself.

The class will take a look behind the scenes and identify the mechanisms that make football so popular. They lie partly in the game’s structure itself, partly in its connection to other cultural fields, like religion, or war.

Because football is a game that is always “more than just a game”, it is an appropriate subject for philosophy and cultural studies. At first sight, of course, this relation seems to be counterintuitive. Traditionally, particularly philosophy was defined as a purely mental activity while football in reverse was reduced to a physical combat game. But we will see that one of the characteristics of modern philosophy is to involve the body in the process of thinking, while football urges a specific intelligence from its players. Thus, the class will explore the cultural and philosophical references of football and vice versa, the ludic and bodily aspects of philosophy. By this, we will gain a new perspective on football as well as on philosophy. In addition to that, the focusing on the specific subject “football” can show the different approaches as well as the overlaps between the individual sciences.

Students from all faculties interested in the subject are welcome.

Location Berlin, Germany
Period
4 Jan 2020 - 24 Jan 2020
Levels Pre-University
Bachelor / Undergraduate
Master / Graduate
PhD
Professional
Credits 4.0 ECTS
Program fee 1,100 EUR
Accommodation fee 375 EUR
Extra information about the fee:
Accommodation is optional and not guaranteed. Prices range between € 375 to € 650.
Application deadline 7 December 2019
Entry requirements None
Contact information:
Freie Universität Berlin
International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
Malteserstraße 74-100
12249 Berlin
+49 3083873472
fubis@fubis.org
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