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Sport and ethics

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L098-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Ethical controversies have formed some of the liveliest debate in the philosophy of sport. Some of the issues arise out of the very nature of sport as a rule-governed activity, especially since the breaking of those rules often presents opportunities for competitive advantage. Other debates concern over-emphasis on winning, which can lead to various forms of cheating. The ‘problem of winning’ is clearly related to the larger problem of competition itself, which has led to lively dialogue over whether competition in athletics inevitably causes alienation. Finally, one of the most provocative controversies has been over the question of performance-enhancing drugs and whether they should be banned.

Citing this article:
Hyland, Drew A.. Sport and ethics, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L098-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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