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Summary Sport is a relatively new subject of systematic philosophical enquiry. The philosophy of sport as an academic sub-field dates back only to the 1970s. In the intervening half century, the field has developed a burgeoning literature that spans the continental and analytical traditions. Metaphysical, epistemological, aesthetic, and especially ethical questions have provided the primary focus of research. Philosophers have attempted to shed new light on sport by analysing sporting phenomena with existing philosophical theories and methods, and they have also sought to demonstrate that sport raises distinctive questions that have wider philosophical significance beyond sport.
Key works D'Agostino 1981: Fred D'Agostino, "The Ethos of Games."English 1978: Jane English, "Sex Equality in Sport." Fraleigh 1984: Warren Fraleigh, Right Actions in Sport: Ethics for Contestants.Keating 1964: James W. Keating, "Sportmanship as a Moral Category." Kretchmar 1975: R. Scott Kretchmar, "From Test to Contest: An Analysis of Two Kinds of Counterpoint in Sport." Loland 2001: Sigmund Loland, Fair Play in Sport. A Moral Norm System. Morgan 2012: William J. Morgan, "Broad Internalism, Deep Conventions, Moral Entrepreneurs, and Sport." Russell 1999: John S. Russell, "Are Rules All an Umpire Has to Work With?" Simon et al 2015: Robert L. Simon, Cesar R. Torres, and Peter F. Hager, "Fair Play: The Ethics of Sport." Suits & Hurka 1978: Bernard Suits, The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia.Suits 1988: Bernard Suits, "Tricky Triad: Games, Play, and Sport." Young 1979: Iris Marion Young, "The Exclusion of Women from Sport: Conceptual and Existential Dimensions."
Introductions Devine & Lopez Frias 2020: John William Devine and Francisco Javier Lopez Frias, "Philosophy of Sport."Feezell 2016: Randolph Feezell, Playing Games: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport through Dialogue. McNamee & Morgan 2015: Mike McNamee and William J. Morgan, Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport. Morgan 2017: William J. Morgan, Ethics in Sport. Third Edition. Reid 2012: Heather Reid, Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport.  Ryall 2016: Emily Ryall, Philosophy of Sport. Key Questions.  Torres 2016: Cesar R. Torres, The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport. 
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  1. Stoic Lessons in Liberation: Epictetus as Educator.William O. Stephens - manuscript
    My project examines the pedagogical approach of the Stoic Epictetus by focusing on seven vital lessons he imparts. This study will deepen our understanding of his vocation as a Stoic educator striving to free his students from the fears and foolishness that hold happiness hostage. These lessons are (1) how freedom, integrity, self-respect, and happiness interrelate; (2) real versus fake tragedy and real versus fake heroism; (3) the instructive roles that various animals play in Stoic education; (4) athleticism, sport, and (...)
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  2. Of Values and Commercialisation: An Exploration of Esports’ Place Within the Olympic Movement.Cem Abanazir - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-16.
    Esports’ rise in popularity has led the Olympic Movement to consider esports as a possible addition to the Olympic programme. A positive stance on the part of the OM towards certain aspects of...
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  3. Get the Last Laugh: On the Humourist as a Developmental Ideal in Invasion Games.Kenneth Aggerholm - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.
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  4. USC Football Notebook: Robey, McDonald Secondary Stalwarts.White House Confirms Cyber Attack - forthcoming - Hermes.
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  5. Sport as Part of a Meaningful Life.Gunnar Breivik - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-18.
    My purpose in this article is to raise the problem of meaning in sport. The problem has two aspects. One is whether sport has any meaning in itself. The other is about how sport can be a part of a...
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  6. ‘A Vision of Paradise Lost’: Coaching as a Grasshopper Rather Than an Ant.Michael Burke - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-16.
    The work of Bernard Suits continues to be discussed in the sports philosophy field, over forty years after the publication of his brilliant book, The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia. Much of t...
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  7. Hunting and Humanity in Western Thought.Matt Cartmill - forthcoming - Social Research: An International Quarterly.
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  8. Understanding Steroid Use – Review and Discussion of ‘Gym Culture, Identity and Performance-Enhancing Drugs’.Ask Vest Christiansen, April Henning, Francisco Javier Lopez Frias & John M. Hoberman - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-21.
    This is a review and discussion of Ask Vest Christiansen’s book Gym Culture, Identity and Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Tracing a Typology of Steroid Use. As indicated by the title, the book...
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  9. Derby Girls’ Parodic Self-Sexualizations: Autonomy, Articulacy and Ambiguity.Paul Davis & Lisa Edwards - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-18.
    When behaviours or character traits match sociocultural expectation, heteronomy is a natural suspicion. A further natural suspicion is that the behaviours or character traits are unhealthy for the...
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  10. Taijiquan as a Way of Life: The Philosophy of Cheng Man-Ch’Ing.Andrew J. Dell’Olio - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-15.
    Cheng Man-ch’ing is as responsible as anyone for the wide popularity of taijiquan in the West. While his stature as a master and teacher of taijiquan is legendary, he is less well-known...
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  11. Intersex and Sports: Back to the Same Old Game.Alice Dreger - forthcoming - Bioethics Forum.
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  12. The Spirit of Play: Fun and Freedom in the Professional Age of Sport.Samuel Duncan - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-19.
    In Johan Huizinga’s most prolific study of play, Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play Element in Culture he states that for play to be considered authentic, genuine and real it must be fun, free, spont...
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  13. Sex, Gender, and Racial (In) Justice in Sport: The Treatment of South African Track Star Caster Semenya.Shari L. Dworkin, Amanda Lock Swarr & Cheryl Cooky - forthcoming - Feminist Studies.
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  14. A Response to Cultural Arguments in the Renewed Disputes Over the Ethics of Bullfighting.Gabriel E. Andrade - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-16.
    Bullfighting has a strong historical tradition in Spain, but now it is beginning to be challenged by various sectors in society. The debate about the ethics of bullfighting is by no means new. But,...
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  15. The We-Perspective on the Racing Sailboat.Frances Egan - forthcoming - In Roberto Casati (ed.), The Sailing Mind. Springer.
    Successful sports teams are able to adopt what is known as the 'we-perspective,' forming intentions and making decisions, somewhat as a unified mind does, to achieve their goals. In this paper I consider what is involved in establishing and maintaining the we-perspective on a racing sailboat. I argue that maintaining the we-perspective contributes to the success of the boat in at least two ways: (1) it facilitates the smooth execution of joint action; and (2) it increases the chance that individual (...)
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  16. L'âge de L'Héroïsme. Sport, Entreprise Et Esprit de Conquête Dans la France Contemporaine.Alain Ehrenberg - forthcoming - Cahiers Internationaux de Sociologie.
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  17. Sport, Science and the Problems of 'Race'.Scott Fleming - forthcoming - Paideia.
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  18. Ants, Grasshoppers, Asshoppers, and Crickets Cohabit in Utopia: The Anthropological Foundations of Bernard Suits’ Analyses of Gameplay and Good Living.Francisco Javier Lopez Frías - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-17.
    In this article, I consider Alkis Kontos’ and Allan Bäck’s critiques to Suits that his theory of games and good living lack ontological grounds or rests on the wrong foundations. Taking these criti...
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  19. A Framework to Evaluate Justice Claims in the Russian State-Led Doping Case.Francisco Javier Lopez Frias, Brett Diaz & Rachel Park - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-16.
    In this article, we examine scholarly analyses of justice and develop a framework that can help assess the claims from the parties in the Russian state-led doping scandal, including, but not limite...
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  20. Training the Eye: Sportization and Aestheticization Processes of the Earliest Olympic Games.Eduardo Lautaro Galak - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-13.
    This article analyses different ways of perceiving sports based on the study of cinematographic documentary of the first Olympic Games. The aim is to explore the political discourses and aesthetic...
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  21. CST 101-3 6 February 2012 Ethics Essay.Cristina Hahnlein - forthcoming - Ethics.
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  22. Significance of the Nazi Leisure Time Program.Ernest Hamburger - forthcoming - Social Research: An International Quarterly.
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  23. Sport in the Novels of James Joyce: A Discourse Theoretical Approach.Andy Harvey - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-18.
    Among the many themes in which the Irish modernist novelist, James Joyce, was intellectually and emotionally engaged, the issue of British imperialism and Irish nationalism was paramount. While Joy...
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  24. "Steve You Must Be Pig Sick!" Streamed Video Interactions Between Premier League Managers and Sports Journalists as Semi-Scripted Performances.Dermot Brendan Heaney - forthcoming - Hermes.
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  25. A Husserlian Contribution: Concerning Intentional Movement and Understanding in Sporting Activities.Freja Balslev Heath & Signe Højbjerre Larsen - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-18.
    This article contributes to an ongoing discussion within sports philosophy concerning how to understand intentional movement in sporting activities. The operations of ‘representation intentionality...
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  26. On the Ranking of Teams.Stephen Kershnar & James Delaney - forthcoming - Philosophia:1-13.
    In this paper, we argue that in a possible world there is a determinate ranking of teams. Our argument rests on the premise: In theory, nothing prevents a determinate better than ranking. This premise in turn rests on assumptions with regard to stipulations regarding ‘better than’ and nature of a competition as well as a right answer theory of interpretation. We then speculate that in some actual leagues in some years, there were determinate rankings. We consider objections that focus on (...)
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  27. Kid’s Cage-Fighting: It Should Be Banned, Right?Taryn Knox & Lynley Anderson - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-18.
    Cage-Fighting, also known as Mixed Martial Arts, is a combat sport that allows participants to grapple, punch, kick, elbow and knee—a combination of elements from many martial arts. While it...
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  28. What is the Work of Sportsmen and -Women, and (When) Should It Be Paid Equally?Robert Kowalenko - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-27.
    Professional sport, like most human activities undertaken for pay, is subject to Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. An athlete’s ’work’ can be...
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  29. Physical Activity is Not Necessary: The Notion of Sport as Unproductive Officialised Competitive Game.Felix Lebed - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-19.
    Every cultural phenomenon is multifaceted and only with great difficulty can it fit into the framework of one general concept. The term ‘sport’ is such a broad concept, because the great wealth of...
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  30. Thinking Outside the Ring of Concussive Punches: Reimagining Boxing.Joseph Lee - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-14.
    The idea of human-like robots with artificial intelligence engaging in sports has been considered in the light of robotics, technology and culture. However, robots with AI can also be used to...
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  31. Between Rounds: The Aesthetics and Ethics of Sixty Seconds.Joseph D. Lewandowski - forthcoming - Tandf: Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-13.
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  32. Relationscapes: Movement, Art.Erin Manning - forthcoming - Philosophy.
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  33. The Role of Sport in a Good Life: Aristotle and Suits.Lukáš Mareš - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-19.
    The relation between sport and a good life presents a fruitful philosophical challenge and it has been discussed extensively within the philosophy sport literature. This paper will investigate the...
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  34. Ungrounding Homo Ludens: On Agamben and Modern Sports.Sandra Meeuwsen - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-15.
    In this paper, I argue that the central ontological presupposition in the philosophy of sport is the ‘sport-as-play’ paradigm. In reconstructing its archaeological origins, a normative narrative is...
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  35. Cimon the Elder, Peisistratus and the Tethrippon Olympic Victory of 532 BCE.Zinon Papakonstantinou - forthcoming - Journal of Ancient History 1 (2):99-118.
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  36. Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport.T. Rachel Park, Emmanuel Macedo, Brett A. Diaz & Francisco Javier Lopez Frias - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-5.
    In Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport, Kathryn E. Henne provides ‘a genealogical account of anti-doping regulation by questioning the meanings we take from sport’ (...
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  37. Are You Game – Theoretically? A Critical Discussion of A Game-Theory-Based Argument in Favour of Banning Doping.Thomas Soebirk Petersen - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-12.
    The aim of this article is to present and critically discuss a game-theory-based argument in favour of the view that sports organizations ought to ban the use of performance-enhancing drugs in spor...
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  38. Sport and Nationalism: The Shifting Meanings of Soccer in Slovenia.Peter Rak, Ales Debeljak, Matjaz Hanzek, Boris Vezjak, Emil Brix, Peter Stankovic, Sandra Hrvatin, Marko Milosavljevic & Ales Steger - forthcoming - Res Publica.
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  39. Husserl’s Fifth Cartesian Meditation and the Appresentation of the Other in Sport.Danny Rosenberg - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-18.
    This paper examines a single relevant source regarding Edmund Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology and his attempt to explain how we perceive and experience the Other. In the fifth chapter of the...
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  40. What Money Can Buy: Technology and Breaking the Two-Hour ‘Marathon’ Record.Danny Rosenberg & Pam R. Sailors - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-18.
    On 12 October 2019, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a ‘marathon’, known as the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, in less than 2 hours in a time of 1:59:40.2. However, his time was n...
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  41. Striving, Entropy, and Meaning.J. S. Russell - forthcoming - Tandf: Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-19.
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  42. Koshti/Wrestling: A Victory Key for Heroes in Shahnameh.Hamid Reza Safari Jafarloo, Azim Jabareh Naserou & Mohammad Hossein Ghorbani - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-24.
    Shāhnāmeh, Book of Kings, is one of the greatest epics in the world, beautifully put into verse by Abolqāsem Ferdowsi. It is the great Persian epic which makes the Persian language proud. One of th...
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  43. Bruce Lee and the Trolley Problem: An Analysis From an Asian Martial Arts Tradition.William Sin - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-14.
    In this paper, I approach the trolley problem from a different angle, and align the perspective with non-Western models of philosophy as instruction for life. I argue that the trolley problem is an...
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  44. Andrew Blake, Body Language: The Meaning of Modern Sport.T. Skillen - forthcoming - Radical Philosophy.
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  45. Leisure: An Integrative Attitude.Elaine Smurawa - forthcoming - Humanitas.
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  46. Healing the Elite Athlete Today: Investigating the Case of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy.Yu Xuan Su - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-13.
    In the world of elite sport, pain and suffering are inherent. In exploring return-to-play treatments and decision-making in sports medicine, two overarching areas seem to dominate the existing lite...
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  47. Athletic Imagery as an Educational Tool in Epictetus.Michael Tremblay - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-15.
    This paper examines Epictetus’ use of athletic imagery as a pedagogical tool and what this tells us about his views on what philosophers can learn from athletes. This paper argues that this imagery...
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  48. Ethical and Legal Implications of Third-Party Incentives to Win Matches in European Football.José Luis Pérez Triviño, Francisco Javier Lopez Frias & Michael John McNamee - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-15.
    In this paper, we examine the legal case involving the Court of Arbitration of Sport, the Union of European Football Associations, and the Turkish team Eskişehirspor to analyze the leg...
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  49. Religious Olympism.Siegfried von Kortzfleisch - forthcoming - Social Research: An International Quarterly.
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  50. Changing Perceptions of Beautiful Bodies: The Athletic Agency Model.Peg Brand Weiser - forthcoming - In Andrew Edgar & William Morgan (eds.), Somaesthetics and Sport. Leiden, Netherlands:
    I consider what draws us to perceiving beautiful bodies in art and athletics--repeatedly and over time--that is informed by viewers' changing perceptions derived from recent publications in fashion and sport, the philosophy of sport, feminist film theory and aesthetics under the ever-expanding umbrella of somaesthetics.
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