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Cheryl Mattingly

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281196

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281196.001.0001

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Experimental Soccer and the Good Life

Experimental Soccer and the Good Life

(p.3) Chapter 1 Experimental Soccer and the Good Life
Moral Laboratories

Cheryl Mattingly

University of California Press

This chapter sets out the parameters of the book as a whole, proposing a first-person virtue ethics as a way to understand the moral projects of African American parents caring for children with severe and chronic illnesses and disabilities. It opens with an “experimental” soccer game in which a boy in a wheelchair has been included in a children’s neighborhood soccer league. Drawing upon this example, the chapter outlines the key claims of a virtue ethics framework in which parents struggle over how to provide their children a “best good life” and the dilemmas and tragedies that entail their efforts to care for these “intimate others.” The first-person framework that is offered draws both upon philosophical virtue ethics and hermeneutic phenomenology.

Keywords:   virtue ethics, narrative, phenomenology, neo-Aristotelian ethics, first-person perspectives, disability, African Americans, family life, sufferingArendt

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