Title

Olympism, Doping and the Spirit of Sport

Streaming Media

Document Type

Video File

Duration

1 hour 8 minutes 31 seconds

Publication Date

10-20-2014

Disciplines

Ethics and Political Philosophy | Sports Studies

Abstract

Olympism is said to be a philosophy of life blending sport, education, and culture. It seems that under the philosophy of Olympism, doping, including genetic manipulation, should be sanctioned in order to continue pushing the limits of athletic achievement. Mike McNamee, professor of applied ethics at Swansea University, argues that the concept of limits, informed both by Olympism and human nature, ought to provide a structure within which athletic excellence is admired both technically and ethically and that unfettered pursuit of athletic enhancement should be limited by an appreciation for the nature and value of the "spirit of sport."

Comments

Sponsored by the Walter Powell Endowed Lecture Fund and by PLACE.

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