Human nature as a promising concept to make sense of the spirit of sport

Pieter Bonte, Jan Tolleneer, Paul Schotsmans, Sigrid Sterckx

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAthletic enhancement, human nature and ethics
Subtitle of host publicationThreats and opportunities of doping technologies
EditorsJ. Tolleneer, S. Sterckx, P. Bonte
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-5101-9
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-5100-2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
ISSN (Print)1567-8008


  • athletic enhancement
  • doping
  • ethics
  • spirit of sport


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