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1st Edition

Sport, Ethics and Philosophy

Edited By

Mike McNamee

ISBN 9780367891244
Published December 13, 2019 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

This book represents a bold statement concerning the excitement and energy of the field of sports ethics and philosophy in contemporary terms. It is comprised of a collection of commissioned essays from the leading international scholars in the field to celebrate the ten year editorship of Mike McNamee for the journal: Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. The collection includes essays familiar sport philosophers on work about the nature and nuances of sports and games playing, winning and losing, role models and strategic fouling. It also celebrates in phenomenological terms the complex and heterogeneous experience and values of sports in both phenomenological and analytic modes. Finally, it addresses the most serious threats to sport integrity and governance, in the shape of doping, and the unchecked power of sports institutions, and the charisma of sport that is at the mercy of commercialism. This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sport, Ethics and Philosophy: A 10 Year Retrospective   1. Breakthrough victories: How can a loser ever win?   2. Games and Fiction: Partners in the Evolution of Culture   3. Strategic fouling and sport as play   4. Athletes as heroes and role models: an ancient model  5. Sport, Religion and Charisma  6. The exercise pill: should we replace exercise with pharmaceutical means?  7. Safe Danger – On the Experience of Challenge, Adventure and Risk in Education  8. Muscular Imaginings—A Phenomenological and Enactive Model for Imagination  9. An Alternative Solution to Lifting the Ban on Doping: Breaking the  Payoff Matrix of Professional Sport by Shifting Liability Away from Athletes  10. The Governance of Sport  11. Inhibiting doping in sports: deterrence is necessary, but not sufficient


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Michael J. McNamee isProfessor of Ethics at KU Leuven, Belgium, and Professor of Applied Ethics at Swansea University, UK. A former President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, he has pioneered the field of Sports Ethics for the last quarter of a century. He is Program Director of the pan European Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Sport Ethics and Integrity. His scholarship and consulting work ranges across engineering, medical, sports, and police ethics.