It’s much more important than that: against fictionalist accounts of fandom

Alfred Archer, Jake Wojtowicz

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    Do sports fans really care about their team winning? According to several philosophers, the answer is no. Sports fans engage in fictional caring during the match, which involves a game of make-believe that the result is important. We will argue that this account does not provide a full account of the way in which fans relate to the teams they support. For many fans, the team they support forms a core part of their identity. The success or failure of their team impacts the community they are a part of and around which they build a central part of their identity. For these fans, it really does matter whether their team wins or loses. We will finish by articulating a more limited role that fictional caring may play in sports fandom.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-98
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of the Philosophy of Sport
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


    • Fictionalism
    • community
    • fandom
    • partisans


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