Fair Play

The Ethics of Sport


Robert L. Simon, Cesar R. Torres, Peter F. Hager

Fourth Edition • August 5, 2014 • 272 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813349206 • $35.00 USD$45.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813349213 • $22.99 USD$22.99 CAN

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Addressing both collegiate and professional sports, the updated edition of Fair Play: The Ethics of Sport 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. This fourth edition has been updated with new examples, including a discussion of Spygate by the New England Patriots and recent discoveries on the use of performance enhancing drugs by top athletes. Two additional authors, Cesar R. Torres and Peter F. Hager, bring to this edition a discussion of the moral issues involved in youth sports and the ethics of being a fan, as well as a fresh perspective on the theories of broad internalism and the quest for excellence.


Robert L. Simon is Bartlett Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College. He is the author (with Norman E. Bowie) of The Individual and the Political Order and editor of The Blackwell Guide to Social and Political Philosophy. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport.

Cesar R. Torres is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He is the editor of The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport and the Associate Editor of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport.

Peter F. Hager is Associate Professor of Sport Studies at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where he has taught since 2000.

Chapter 1: Introduction: The Ethics of Sports
Chapter 2: Theories of Sport: Frameworks for Evaluation
Chapter 3: Ethics in Competition: Cheating, Good Sports and Tainted Victories
Chapter 4: Drugs, Genes, and Enhancing Performance in Sports
Chapter 5: Gender Equity in Sport
Chapter 6: Sports on Campus: Intercollegiate Athletics and Their Critics
Chapter 7: The Commercialization of Sport: Marketing and Corruption in Competitive Athletics
Chapter 8: Sports, Moral Education, and Social Responsibility

[Fair Play] is a great work of scholarship: thorough, well-thought out, very well organized, very respectful of athletes and non-athletes alike.”
Catherine Sherron, Thomas More College

“Simon, Torres, and Hager meticulously detail important ethical concepts without sacrificing appeal to a more general sport-loving audience. The book also strikes a nice balance between theory and application…[and] thoughtfully addresses applied cases in tandem with more theoretical considerations. This blended approach is, in my mind, an excellent example of how philosophy ought to be performed…It is an excellent model for both beginning and advanced philosophy students alike.”
Joan Grassbaugh Forry, University of Southern California

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