Category Archives: Philosophy of Sport

New chapter “Philosophy of Sport Medicine” in Springer Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine

Co-authored with Mike Mcnamee

Abstract

hanbookThe focus of this chapter is on the Philosophy of Sports Medicine, that is, the practice of medicine in the context of sport. The chapter begins by examining ways in which a distinction in kind can be claimed between Sports Medicine and Medicine per se. It does this by focussing first on the goals of medicine. This strategy proves to be indecisive, and it is concluded that a difference in degree only, rather than in kind, can be claimed for Sports Medicine. However, when the focus is directed to the normative aspects of Medicine per se, in comparison with Sports Medicine, important differences can be identified. These differences concern, especially, the way in which normative concepts central to medicine per se are operationalized in Sports Medicine. It is shown how norms regarding privacy, confidentiality, autonomy, and paternalism all apply in significantly different ways in the sporting context. Parallel differences are also identified in relation to the therapy/enhancement distinction. The problem of balancing current sporting goals against long-term health is also discussed.

You can access the Handbook’s table of content here:

http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9789401786874

If you would like a copy of the chapter please drop me an email.

“A flickering flame: is the Olympics ideal dead?” My contribution to BBC World Service Newshour Extra

This BBC Newshourextra episode was broadcast on July 29th/20th/31st.

You can download the podcast (mp3) here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04263n3flickering flame

“The important thing in life is not to win but to take part, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well”. So said the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, at the end of the 19th Century. How does his noble ideal fit with the modern phenomena of professionalism, doping, individual financial gain, nationalistic pride, huge corporate sponsorship? Is the Olympic ideal still alive? In this week’s edition of the programme, as the Rio Games approach, join Owen Bennett Jones and his guests as they discuss the present and future of the Olympics”.

Contributors

Andrew Steele – British Olympic 400m athlete at Beijing 2008 games

David Goldblatt – Author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics

Dr Silvia Camporesi – Lecturer in Bioethics and Society at King’s College London.

Professor Andy Miah – Chair in Science, Communication & Future Media at the University of Salford

Pat Myhill – Director of Operations for the UK Anti-Doping agency, UKAD

Call for Abstracts British Philosophy of Sport Annual Conference: Brighton April 4-6th, 2016

When: April 4th- 6th, 2016

Where: University of Brighton, Hillbrow, Denton Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7SR

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

  • Abstract (200-300 words) final submission date – 25th Jan 2016
  • Accepted abstracts will receive notification by 9th Feb 2016
  • Required format is MS Word, Times New Roman 12pt, single spacing, with indicative bibliography; all to fit on one side of A4
  • Abstracts to be submitted electronically to ahardman@cardiffmet.ac.uk with <your name – ABSTRACT – title> as the filename.

Enquiries should be directed to the Conference Organiser: Richard Royce, r.royce@brighton.ac.uk

The draft programme for the conference is available here.

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