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Dr Andrew Edgar from the Department of Philosophy at Cardiff University will invite us to think more deeply about what part sport plays in our individual and collective lives – starting from the final of the 2010 World Cup between Holland and Spain.

This game became notorious for the style of the Dutch play, preventing the flowing and beautiful football of the Spanish. But if we criticise the Dutch, does this mean that we want a sporting event to be beautiful, and as such an aesthetic experience, rather just a sporting contest?

Considering other games in the World Cup, we might also ask if sport has an aesthetic and ethical meaning beyond the mere entertainment of the game.

  • What, for example, inspired people to support “plucky little North Korea” against Brazil?
  • What sort of communal self-reflection did its early exit from the cup encourage in France?
  • Does sport invite us to tell stories and engages in dramas that impact upon our non-sporting lives?

This event takes place on Tuesday 19 April from 8.00pm at The Gate, Keppoch Street, Roath.

Please note the new start time.

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