PEA Brain Dave
Shoemaker, paraphrasing his colleague, Steve Wall, suggested only half in jest
that all philosophers who are sports fans really want to write about philosophy
of sports. Being accurately pegged, here
is some sports ethics.
amidst all the brouhaha over steroid use in baseball, I’ve been wondering
whether anabolic steroid use in sports is morally permissible. I’ll first provide some very brief background
information about anabolic steroids and a few guiding assumptions. I’ll then mention some of the standard
arguments against the use of anabolic steroids in sports, and finally, some responses
to these arguments. Unhappily, and at
the risk of siding with Jose Canseco and being labeled as someone who doesn’t understand
the "purity" of sports, I think I find the responses to the standard
objections convincing. I’m hoping some
of you can get me back on the straight and narrow.