NYC Alumni Association - Alumni Colleges
Professor Simon will raise the following questions of controversy: Is it unethical for athletes to use performance enhancing drugs? Is breaking the rules of the game to gain an advantage really permissible? What is sportsmanship? What are the moral obligations of participants in competitive athletics to their opponents? While some writers argue that whatever values are found in sport only reflect the values found throughout the broader culture, application of theories found in jurisprudence and philosophy of law suggest that there are defensible values internal to sport which can help resolve ethical controversies that arise in the world of sport. Professor Simon will develop this thesis and defend it against both those who argue that there is no universal understanding of "sport" and that values only reflect the conventions of particular communities or cultural perspectives.
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