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ERIC Number: ED109092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 10
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New Play.
Lersten, Kenneth C.
There have been many theories and hypotheses about play, one of which is the equation of play with "transcendence." Play may have the ingredients to allow us to transcend and, for a moment, remythologize life. There have been recent authors who have given play the status of theology, indicating that play contains elements also found in religion. This then is new play. For Neale, play is peace; there is the connotation of meaningfulness; it involves delight. Miller, in his book "God and Games," views play as a response to the introduction of the sacred into our lives. Jurgen Moltmann calls for transcendence of the win-lose nature of much or our play so that we can just simply be who we are in and through play. For Harvey Cox, festivity is a way that humans keep alive to time by relating past, present, and future; play has a festive element. The transcendent view of play is "new" play in the sense that western culture seems to have forgotten how to play. Both physical education and religion of the West have for centuries been practicing a dualism between mind and body. Physical education can be a catalyst for this new play of transcendence by helping us discover that play is natural to humans and comes in many forms. (JA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Southwest District Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 17-19, 1975)