The Tendential Theory of Sporting Prowess

Stephen Mumford, Rani Lill Anjum
2014 Journal of the Philosophy of Sport  
The results of sport would not interest us if either they were necessitated or they were a matter of pure chance. And if either case were true, the playing of sport would seem to make no sense either. This poses a dilemma. But there is something between these two options, namely the dispositional modality. Sporting prowess can be understood as a disposition towards victory and sporting liabilities a disposition towards defeat. The sporting contest then pits these net prowesses against each
more » ... . The stronger will tend to beat the weaker but no more than tend. This makes sense of the sporting contest in which the weaker knows they still can win. The stronger team can lose though they don't tend to do so. The dilemma is thus escaped.
doi:10.1080/00948705.2014.911097 fatcat:cn2kus5gzvavnj5zbwcts6crnu