This is the first part of our discussions with Dr Emily Ryall where we explore foundational questions about meaning of sport in human life. Sport is clearly trivial: we cannot survive without food and shelter, but we can easily survive without sport. Why, then, are so many people across the globe passionately involved in sport? And if sport is trivial, should we take it seriously, and how seriously? What happens if we take sport too seriously?
And finally, we delve to critiques of elite sport and the role of sport/exercise technology in possibly distorting our relationship with movement and our bodies.
Dr Emily Ryall is a reader in Applied Philosophy at the University of Gloucestershire who enjoys wrestling with the deep and complex questions about the role of sport in human life. She has written on a range of philosophical and ethical questions in sport and enjoys teaching in relation to these issues as well as philosophy of science, critical thinking and the logic of arguments.