The Coercion Argument Against Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 41 (2):267-277 (2014)
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This paper is a critique of the coercion argument against performance-enhancing drugs . According to this argument, lifting the ban on PEDs would undermine the autonomy of athletes by creating a situation where everyone must either use PEDs or not compete at the highest levels of sport. Four problems are raised for this argument and it is concluded that the argument fails. A variation on the coercion argument is also considered and rejected



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