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Ethics in Sport-3rd Edition

Ethics in Sport-3rd Edition


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    Ethical and moral dilemmas in sport have not diminished since Ethics in Sport was last published. The need to understand and confront such issues is at a premium, and this latest edition of Ethics in Sport will ground readers in the issues and the stakes involved.

    Ethics in Sport has long been known as a go-to source that tackles the moral and ethical issues in today’s sport culture. This third edition retains many of the previous editions’ thoughtful and timeless pieces, which speak directly to current issues, while adding 17 new essays to the mix. The inclusion of these new essays reflects the increasing sophistication of the philosophy of sport literature as well as the growth in the field.

    Together, these essays from well-known authors give students classic and contemporary views of topics where sports and ethics collide.

    This sweeping anthology of relevant and cutting-edge essays covers a variety of topics, including doping, the use of technology, gender controversies, and much more. The book is organized into five parts, with part I looking at the nature of sport, including its internal values and moral foundations. Part II investigates competition and fair play, including aspects of sportsmanship, winning, cheating, and gamesmanship. Part III examines doping and genetic enhancement in sport, including gene doping, “mechanical doping,” and drug-enhanced performance. In part IV the essays explore gender and sexual equality in sport, including sex segregation and the concept of gender equality. Part V delves into issues of race, spectatorship, and politics, investigating political philosophy as it applies to sports, the fascination with sports heroes, and the ethics of supporting teams.

    Ethics in Sport, Third Edition, comes with an instructor guide that includes a sample syllabus, introduction, and answers to the discussion questions to facilitate class conversations. It also offers suggested class assignments for each of the five parts in the book to spur deeper discussion and understanding of the ethical issues presented in the book.

    With its wealth of new essays, Ethics in Sport keeps you abreast of current ethical issues in sport. As such, this text is ideal for courses in sport ethics and ethics in sport and philosophy. It is also useful as a reference for scholars, researchers, ethicists, sociologists, and philosophers of sport.


    Textbook for courses in sport ethics and ethics in sport and philosophy. Reference for sport studies scholars and for researchers, ethicists, sociologists, and philosophers of sport.

    Table of Contents

    Ethics, Ethical Inquiry, and Sport: An Introduction

    Part I. The Nature of Sport
    Chapter 1. The Elements of Sport
    Bernard Suits
    Chapter 2. Thoughts on the Nature of Sport (and the Philosophy of Sport)
    Graham McFee
    Chapter 3. Internalism and Internal Values in Sport
    Robert L. Simon
    Chapter 4. Broad Internalism and the Moral Foundations of Sport
    J.S. Russell
    Chapter 5. The Normativity of Sport: A Historicist Take on Broad Internalism
    William J. Morgan

    Part II. Competition and Fair Play: Considerations of Winning, Cheating, and Gamesmanship
    Chapter 6. Sportsmanship as a Moral Category
    James W. Keating
    Chapter 7. Sportsmanship
    Randolph M. Feezell
    Chapter 8. On Winning and Athletic Superiority
    Nicholas Dixon
    Chapter 9. Cheating and Fair Play in Sport
    Oliver Leaman
    Chapter 10. In Defense of Maradona’s Hand of God
    Steffen Borge
    Chapter 11. Gamesmanship
    Leslie A. Howe
    Chapter 12. Moral Victories
    Paul Gaffney
    Chapter 13. Play and the Moral Limits of Sport
    J.S. Russell
    Chapter 14. What Counts as Part of a Game? A Look at Skills
    Cesar R. Torres
    Chapter 15. Intentional Rules Violations—One More Time
    Warren P. Fraleigh
    Chapter 16. The Ethics of Strategic Fouling: A Reply to Fraleigh
    Robert L. Simon

    Part III. The Limits of Being Human: Doping and Genetic Enhancement in Sport
    Chapter 17. Cops and Robbers? The Roots of Anti-Doping Policies in Olympic Sport
    Ian Ritchie
    Chapter 18. Ethics of Technology in Sport
    Sigmund Loland
    Chapter 19. Good Competition and Drug-Enhanced Performance
    Robert L. Simon
    Chapter 20. Paternalism, Drugs, and the Nature of Sports
    W.M. Brown
    Chapter 21. Ethics of Performance Enhancement in Sport: Drugs and Gene Doping
    Bennett Foddy and Julian Savulescu
    Chapter 22. Doping, “Mechanical Doping,” and Local Essentialism in the Individuation of Sports
    Jon Pike
    Chapter 23. The Case for Perfection
    W. Miller Brown
    Part IV. Gender and Sexual Equality in Sport
    Chapter 24. Sex Equality in Sports
    Jane English
    Chapter 25. Mixed Competition and Mixed Messages
    Pam R. Sailors
    Chapter 26. The Genetic Design of a New Amazon
    Claudio Tamburrini and Torbjörn Tännsjö
    Chapter 27. What Is Gender Equality in Sports?
    Simona Giordano and John Harris

    Part V. Select Issues in the Social Ethics of Sport: Race, Spectatorship, and Politics
    Chapter 28. Sports, Political Philosophy, and the African American
    Gerald Early
    Chapter 29. Is Our Admiration for Sports Heroes Fascistoid?
    Torbjörn Tännsjö
    Chapter 30. What’s Wrong With Admiring Athletes and Other People?
    Ingmar Persson
    Chapter 31. The Ethics of Supporting Sports Teams
    Nicholas Dixon
    Chapter 32. Not Crickets? Ethics, Rhetoric and Sporting Boycotts
    Edmund Dain and Gideon Calder

    About the Editor

    About the Editor

    William J. Morgan, PhD, is a professor in the division of occupational science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and holds a courtesy appointment in the university’s school of communication. He has served as editor and has published extensively in the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. He currently serves on the journal’s editorial review board. He has presented numerous papers on the topic of ethics in sport throughout the world and has written and edited several books on the topic: Why Sports Morally Matter, Philosophic Inquiry in Sport, Leftist Theories of Sport: A Critique and Reconstruction, Sport and the Humanities: A Collection of Original Essays, and Sport and the Body: A Philosophical Symposium.

    Dr. Morgan is former president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. In 1995, he received the association's Distinguished Scholar Award. In the same year, he was elected an active fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.


    Instructor Guide. The guide includes a sample syllabus, suggested class assignments, and answers to the discussion questions to facilitate class conversations.

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