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Sports, Virtues and Vices : Morality Plays - Mike McNamee

Sports, Virtues and Vices

Morality Plays

Paperback Published: 8th May 2008
ISBN: 9780415194099
Number Of Pages: 236

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Sports have long played an important role in society. By exploring the evolving link between sporting behaviour and the prevailing ethics of the time this comprehensive and wide-ranging study illuminates our understanding of the wider social significance of sport.

The primary aim of Sports, Virtues and Vices is to situate ethics at the heart of sports via 'virtue ethical' considerations that can be traced back to the gymnasia of ancient Greece. The central theme running through the book is that sports are effectively modern morality plays: universal practices of moral education for the masses and - when coached, officiated and played properly - a valuable vehicle for ethical development.

Including a wealth of contemporary sporting examples, the book explores key ethical issues such as:

  • How the pursuit of sporting excellence can lead to harm

  • Doping, greed and shame

  • Biomedical technology as a challenge to the virtue of elite athletes

  • Defining a 'virtue ethical account' in sport

  • Family vices and virtues in sport

Written by one of the world's foremost sports philosophers, this book powerfully unites the fields of sports ethics and medical ethics. It is essential reading for all students and scholars with an interest in the ethics and philosophy of sport.

Industry Reviews

"...a valuable contribution to the literature on sport philosophy and an excellent resource for individuals seeking a thoughtful analysis of the impact of sport on moral life in community." Choice, January 2009

Ancient rituals and modern morality playsp. 1
What is this thing called sport?p. 9
Sports, persons and sportspersonshipp. 20
Sports as practicesp. 43
Sport and ethical developmentp. 69
Codes of conduct and trustworthy coachesp. 89
Racism, racist acts and courageous role modelsp. 110
Hubris, humility and humiliation: vice and virtue in sporting communitiesp. 129
Schadenfreude in sports: envy, justice and self-esteemp. 145
Suffering in and for sportp. 165
Doping: slippery slopes, pleonexia and shamep. 177
Whose Prometheus?: Transhumanism, biotechnology and the moral topography of sports medicinep. 194
Referencesp. 219
Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9780415194099
ISBN-10: 0415194091
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 8th May 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.75  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1