Shame and the Sports Fan

Alfred Archer, Benjamin Matheson

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Sports fans sometimes feel shame for their team’s moral transgressions. In this paper, we investigate this phenomenon. We offer an account of sports fan shame in terms of collective shame. We argue that this account is superior to accounts of sports fan shame in terms of shame for others and shame for oneself. We then argue that accepting the role that sports stars play in bringing about the collective shame amongst their fans provides a new way of justifying the claim that sport stars are subject to special moral obligations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Philosophy of Sport
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2019


  • Collective emotion
  • philosophy of emotion
  • philosophy of sport
  • role model obligations
  • shame
  • sports fandom


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