Jan Tolleneer, Sigrid Sterckx, and Pieter Bonte (eds): Athletic enhancement, human nature and ethics: threats and opportunities of doping technologies

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 35 (3):249-250 (2014)
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The book collects contributions of different authors with diverging points of views, but it keeps a balance between acceptance and complete rejection of doping technologies, providing a rich analysis of one of the most controversial aspects of sports. The strength of the book lies in the variety of questions addressed under different ethics perspectives that affect the ethical evaluation of the phenomenon.Pieter Bonte and co-authors well identified the problem, putting the following question at the beginning of the first chapter: “Should sport revolve around natural talent or should athletes be allowed to enhance their bodies with biotech?”The history of the “little help” given to athletes, or autonomously taken by them to improve their sporting or athletic performance, is as old as the history of sport. Even at the beginning, when the prize for the athlete consisted in his/her near divinization, the enhancements to help achieve this result were not judged negatively.The use of perform ..



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