September 08, 2004

Boxing and the Cool Halls of Academe: A trainer and philosophy teacher defends the sweet science: Still, I think the best defense of boxing is Aristotelian. In his Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle offers his famous catalog of the moral virtues. Whenever I teach this section of the Ethics I always begin by asking students what they think are the ingredients of moral virtue. Respect, compassion, honesty, justice, and tolerance always fly quickly up onto the board, often followed by creativity and a sense of humor. I usually need to prod to elicit "courage." And so I hector, "How can you be consistently honest or just if you don't have the mettle to take a hit?"

posted by jason streed to boxing at 02:40 PM - 3 comments

boy, do i love life's subtleties. great read. thanks for posting.

posted by garfield at 11:50 AM on September 10

Excellent read. The sweet science is the sport of kings. Thanks jason.

posted by vito90 at 04:39 PM on September 10

Itís just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. ~Muhammad Ali When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace. ~Muhammad Ali Philosopher kings, at that, ay?

posted by jason streed at 07:54 PM on September 10

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