Here are the topics and readings for my Sports Ethics this fall at ASU.
What is Sport?
Reid, “Socrates at the Ballpark”
How can Sport affect Society?
Eig, Excerpt from Opening Day;
Leavy, Excerpt from Sandy Koufax;
The 16th Man (Video)
What is Sportsmanship?
Keating, “Sportsmanship as a Moral Category”;
Is it ethical to run up the score?
Dixon, “On Sportsmanship and ‘Running Up the Score”;
Feezell, “Sportmanship and Blowouts: Baseball and Beyond”
Is it wrong to foul?
Fraleigh, “Intentional rules violations”;
Simon, “The ethics of strategic fouling”
Is competition moral?
Kretchmar, “In Defense of Winning”;
Simon, “The Critique of Competition in Sports”;
Kohn, “Fun and Fitness w/o competition”
Is violence in sport okay?
Dixon, “A Critique of Violent Retaliation in Sport” ;
Zakhem, “The Virtues of a Good Fight”
Should football be banned?
Russell, “The Value of Dangerous Sport” ;
Sailors, “Personal Foul: an evaluation of moral status of football”
Should PEDs be banned?
Savulescu and Devine, Oxford Debate: PED;
Simon,”Good competition and drug-enhanced performance”;
Hemphill, “Performance enhancement and drug control in sport ethical considerations”
What is the role of money in sport?
Duncan, “Does A-Rod Deserve So Much Money? Yes!”;
Shuman, “Does A-Rod Deserve So Much Money? No!”;
Collins, “Does the Salary Cap Make the NFL a Fairer League?”;
Sheehan, “Salary Cap”;
Is it ethical to be a sports fan?
Dixon, “The Ethics of supporting sports teams”;
The Philosophy of Sports Fan by Stephen Mumford (videos);
Aikin, “Responsible Sports Spectatorship and the Problem of Fantasy Leagues”
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