2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

At the most basic level, KineSophy is concerned with ethical arguments, that is, arguments about what we should do and how we should live, particularly in regards to physical health and fitness. The most effective arguments apply to both the general and particular. If you have an argument for why … Read more

Running Free

Running Free

One of the core tenets of KineSophy is that physical fitness and physical virtues complement the development of moral virtues. For example, prisoners who practice yoga show reduced stress, anxiety, and depression and increased positive moods in comparison to non-practitioners, and are less likely to be reincarcerated upon release. Similarly, mixed … Read more

Is Health a Moral Issue?

Is Health a Moral Issue?

With obesity and diabetes on the rise in the United States and so-called “sin taxes” on sodas and fast foods touted as public health measures, several critics have pushed back against this association of poor health and vice. In “Stop making health and well-being a moral issue,” Rafael Euba argues … Read more

Bullying, Exercise and Suicide Risk

In previous posts, I have written extensively about using physical fitness to develop emotional resilience and the connection between physical and mental health. A recent study on bullying, exercise and suicide risk confirms both these relationships. 20% of students across the United States say they have been bullied on school … Read more

KineSophy Hall of Fame: Aristotle

Earlier this year, I described what the virtues I have espoused in KineSophy look like in real life. In continuance of this mission, I plan to recognize real individuals who exemplify the ethics of human movement with the creation of a KineSophy Hall of Fame. This month features the first … Read more

Killer Whales and the Is-Ought Problem

First proposed by the Scottish philosopher David Hume, the is-ought problem identifies the fallacy of moving from statements about how the world is to statements about how the world ought to be. We can identify an is-ought fallacy in a grossly simplified argument in favor of the Paleo diet which … Read more