Fair Play: The Ethics of Sport

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Addressing both collegiate and professional sports, the updated edition of Fair Play explores the ethical presuppositions of competitive athletics and their connection both to ethical theory and to concrete moral dilemmas that arise in actual athletic competition. A major new section in chapter four examines the ethics of genetically enhancing athletic abilities. Other new material covers the analysis of sports and games according to influential philosopher Bernard Suits; the morality of cheating and the ethics of strategic fouling; and the impact of performance-enhancing drugs on the legitimacy of records. In addition, Simon provides enhanced considerations of the morality of competition in sports, the ethical aspects of violence in sports, and the arguments in defense of intercollegiate sports.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Third Edition, Third Edition edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813343682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343686
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great First Book to Read in Philosophy of Sport

 on October 12, 2011
By M. Austin
Simon’s book is a classic in the discipline. His account of sport as “a mutual quest for excellence through challenge” is influential in the field, and in my view is correct. The book deals with many ethical issues in sport, such as performance-enhancement, gender equity, college sports, and the commercialization of sports. This book could also be useful as an introductory text in a philosophy course, as a way to show the value of philosophical reasoning for issues in daily life. It is very readable and free of jargon. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a thoughtful exploration of some of the key ethical issues in contemporary sports, in both theory and practice.

Five Stars

 on May 3, 2017
By steven

Four Stars

 on November 20, 2014
By Holly
Arrived as advertised.

Key to any high school or college-level survey of professional sports and ethics

 on October 16, 2010
By Midwest Book Review
FAIR PLAY: THE ETHICS OF SPORT appears in its third edition to provide new sections analyzing sports, games, and ideas of philosophy. From revised considerations of the morality of sports competition and violence concerts to discussions of headline-making issues, this is packed with discussions key to any high school or college-level survey of professional sports and ethics.

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