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The essays in this reader examine philosophical issues such as sportsmanship, violence, cheating, drug use, racism, sexism, and gender equity.

  • Examines ethical issues in sports, such as sportsmanship, violence, cheating, drug use, racism, sexism, and gender equity.
  • Includes essays by psychologists, sociologists, coaches, and sports writers.
  • Gives the reader an understanding of the moral significance of sport, and how sports affect society.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Sports Ethics is a cleverly compiled anthology that clearly addresses the main issues facing sport today. Previously published classical arguments by highly respected sport philosophers are augmented by ten new articles written specifically for this anthology. This is topical, well organized and insightful – an excellent addition to the literature.’ John M. Charles, The College of William and Mary

‘The selections in this volume give a powerful statement of the common practices in sport which negate the values that sport is supposed to instill: justice, respect, responsibility, and honesty. In addition, Dean Smith's foreword offers a thoughtful, pragmatic point of view which often is lost in theoretical work.’ Sharon Kay Stoll, University of Idaho

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631216964
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Boxill is Associate Chair and Lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is author of Issues in Racism and Sexism (2000).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

Foreword by Dean Smith.



Introduction – The Moral Significance of Sport: Jan Boxill..

Part I: Sport and Education:.

1. Sports, Relativism, and Moral Education: Robert L. Simon.

2. Why Everyone Deserves a Sporting Chance: Education, Justice, and School Sports: Janice Moulton.

3. Moral Development and Sport: Character and Cognitive Developmentalism Contrasted: Carwyn Jones and Michael McNamee.

4. Philosopher in the Playground: Notes on the Meaning of Sport: Peter Heinegg.

5. Foul Play: Sports Metaphors as Public Doublespeak: Francine Hardaway.

Part II: Sport and Sportsmanship:.

6. Sportsmanship as a Moral Category: James W. Keating.

7. Three Approaches Toward an Understanding of Sportsmanship: Peter J. Arnold.

8. Deception, Sportsmanship, and Ethics: Kathleen M. Pearson.

9. On Sportsmanship and “Running up the Score”: Nicholas Dixon.

10. Sportmanship and Blowouts: Baseball and Beyond: Randolph M. Feezell.

Part III: Sport and Competition:.

11. The Ethics of Competition: Jan Boxill.

12. On Winning and Athletic Superiority: Nicholas Dixon.

13. In Defense of Writing: R. Scott Kretchmar.

14. Winding Down, Looking Ahead: Dean Smith.

15. Personal Best: W. M. Brown.

16. Fair Play as Respect for the Game: Robert Butcher and Angela Schneider.

Part IV: Sport and Drugs:.

17. Good Competition and Drug-Enhanced Performance: Robert L. Simon.

18. Enhancing Performance in Sports: What is Morally Permissible?: Laura C. Morgan.

19. Sports and Drugs: Are Current Bans Justified?: Michael Lavin.

Part V: Sport and Violence:.

20. What is Sports Violence?: Michael Smith.

21. Values and Violence in Sports Today: The Moral Reasoning Athletes Use in Their Games and in their Lives: Brenda Jo Bredemeier, David L. Shields, Jack C. Horn.

22. Violence and Sports: Robert E. Leach.

Part VI: Sport and Gender:.

23. Sex Equality in Sports: Jane English.

24. Human Equality in Sports: Peter S. Wenz.

25. Gender Equity and Inequity in Athletics: Robert L. Simon.

26. Title IX and Gender Equity: Jan Boxill.

27. Why Women do Better than Men in College Basketball, or “What is Collegiate Sport for, Anyway?”: Nicholas Hunt-Bull.

28. Women, Self-Possession, and Sport: Catharine MacKinnon.

29. Stronger Women: Mariah Burton Nelson.

30, The Sports Closet: Liz Galst.

Part VII: Sport and Racial Issues:.

31. Racial Differences in Sports: What's Ethics Got To Do With It?: Albert Mosely.

32. Race and College Sport: A Long Way to Go: Richard E. Lapchick.

33. Sport and Stereotype: From Role Model to Muhammad Ali: Mike Marqusee.

Part VIII: Sport and Role Models:.

34. Do Celebrated Athletes have Special Responsibilities to be Good Role Models? An Imagined Dialog between Charles Barkley and Karl Malone: Christopher Wellman.

35. Get the Message?: Rick Reilly.


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