Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 47 (1):105-120 (2019)

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Robert M. Kelly
Bakersfield College
Stephen Kershnar
Fredonia State University
Abstract
MMA fighting in a competition is not necessarily wrong and is often, as far as we can tell, permissible. Our argument has two premises. First, if an act does not infringe on anyone’s moral right or violate another side-constraint, then it is morally permissible. Second, MMA-violence does not infringe on anyone’s moral right or violate another side-constraint. The first premise rested on two assumptions. First, if a person does a wrong act, then he wrongs someone. Second, if one person wrongs a second, then the first infringes on the second’s right. We then looked at Nicholas Dixon’s powerful Kantian argument that MMA fighting is wrong.
Keywords Mixed Martial Arts  UFC  Rights  Degradation  Respect  Immanuel Kant  Violence  Nicholas Dixon  Robert Simon  MMA
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DOI 10.1080/00948705.2019.1653193
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