Aquinas’s philosophy of sports

What’s the purpose of sports, according to Aquinas? Why, to help us philosophize better, of course:

“[We do not] find any action in human affairs, except speculative thought, that is not directed to some other end. Even sports activities, which appear to be carried on without any purpose, have a proper end, namely, so that after our minds have been somewhat relaxed through them we may be then better able to do serious jobs. Otherwise, if sport were an end in itself, the proper thing to do would be to play all the time, but that is not appropriate.” (Summa Contra Gentiles 3.25.9)


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