Title: Athletic enhancement, human nature and ethics
Other Titles: Threats and opportunities of doping technologies
Editors: Tolleneer, Jan
Sterckx, Sigrid
Bonte, Pieter
Contributors: De Block, Andreas
Schotsmans, Paul
Series Editors: Weisstub, David N.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine vol:52
Abstract: Addresses the question of should sports revolve around natural talent or should athletes be allowed to enhance their bodies with biotech?

Clarifies the distinction between arguments on doping itself and circumstantial arguments about its safety, accessibility, research & development, etc.

Provides both philosophical and sociocultural views on the valuation of natural talent and enhanced ability‚Äč

The book provides an in-depth discussion on the human nature concept from different perspectives and from different disciplines, analyzing its use in the doping debate and researching its normative overtones. The relation between natural talent and enhanced abilities is scrutinized within a proper conceptual and theoretical framework: is doping to be seen as a factor of the athlete’s dehumanization or is it a tool to fulfill his/her aspirations to go faster, higher and stronger? Which characteristics make sports such a peculiar subject of ethical discussion and what are the, both intrinsic and extrinsic, moral dangers and opportunities involved in athletic enhancement? This volume combines fundamental philosophical anthropological reflection with applied ethics and socio-cultural and empirical approaches. Furthermore it presents guidelines to decision- and policy-makers on local, national and international levels.

Content Level » Research
Keywords »Anti-doping ethics - Athletic Enhancement - Doping in sports - Human Nature and enchancement - Sports Ethics - Sports enchancement
Related subjects »Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Medicine
ISBN: 978-94-007-5100-2
VABB publication type: VABB-3
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IBe
Appears in Collections:Department of Kinesiology - miscellaneous
Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy
Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law

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