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Question posted on July 18, 2013; 1 response
Is it immoral to play poker (a game that inherently involves bluffing) full time to make a living even if it is more profitable for someone than a traditional job? Even if we consider it a sport akin to tennis...
Sport Show

Question posted on December 6, 2012; 1 response
In sports (especially boxing) fans love to rank the best boxers, players or teams. So when ranking the Greatest Boxers of All-Time -- is it ethical to include boxers you or anyone else (alive) have never seen before (for no...
Sport Show

Question posted on March 22, 2012; 1 response
When playing games, be they sports, board games, video games or what have you, there are almost always fixed rules, and violating these rules is usually accepted to be illegal within the game. However, there are also often informal...
Sport Show

Question posted on July 20, 2011; 1 response
I am a soccer fanatic. I watch as much soccer as possible. So it was no question that I saw the Women's World Cup Final. But as I watched the US play Japan in the Women's World Cup Final, I...
Sport Show

Question posted on April 14, 2011; 1 response
Dear Philosophers, My question is about the morality of actions in games. Can our behaviors in a game - however friendly or cruel if they are inside the borders of the game's rules - be regarded as immoral acts? For example,...
Sport Show

Question posted on February 2, 2011; 1 response
Does there exist objective truths about what football (soccer) team is the best? My friends keep telling me that it's possible, on the basis of statistics, to say that Spain objectively is the best national team in the world. I...
Sport, Truth Show

Question posted on October 27, 2010; 1 response
Any thoughts on being for or against bullfighting?...
Sport Show

Question posted on October 27, 2010; 1 response
How can we precisely define cheating in sports? It does not appear sufficient to say that any instance of willful rule-breaking in sports counts as cheating. For instance, no one would say that one basketball player who fouls another is...
Sport Show

Question posted on August 31, 2010; 1 response
I have two questions about hunting and fishing: First, is it is ethical to use powerful machinery and high-technology to find and harvest fish and game? Second, is "professional" fishing ethical? It is unlikely that the human race would...
Animals, Ethics, Sport Show

Question posted on August 19, 2010; 1 response
Seeing the devout passion of sports fans I've often wondered if sports today are a substitute for war. People root for their hometown team and despise people from other towns because of their sport teams. This also isn't just...
Sport, War Show

Question posted on August 19, 2010; 1 response
My question deals with fair play and the relative value that we ascribe to victories in sports that are either earned through no apparent cheating or that are earned through a clear (though at the time undetected by officials) cheating...
Ethics, Sport Show

Question posted on August 14, 2010; 2 responses
I wonder what is the philosophical significance of sports? Some people play sports for competition, some others play for exercise while some play only for fun. Generally speaking westerners like competing while easterners like exercising. So British people invented...
Sport Show

Question posted on June 27, 2010; 2 responses
I find that a very common discussion that I have with friends and family is about which sport (baseball, football, soccer, etc.) is the "best" or which sport is "better." As my quotations may indicate, I find this discussion rather...
Sport Show

Question posted on January 28, 2010; 1 response
If we turn up to spectate a sport for instance a football match is the outcome of the game any different to what it would have been, had we not been there?...
Sport Show

Question posted on July 7, 2009; 1 response
In sports, we often say of a spectacular play (say, a full-court shot in basketball) that it was simply "lucky." But if a player intends to execute a particular play, in what sense can it be considered lucky?...
Sport Show

Question posted on March 28, 2009; 1 response
In sports, what exactly do gender divisions accomplish? Why shouldn't women simply compete with men?...
Sport Show

Question posted on January 5, 2009; 1 response
I have a question in a very sorely neglected area of philosophy: that of chess! What does it mean for a move to be the "best"? Does it mean 1) It is the move that leads to the most...
Sport Show

Question posted on December 20, 2007; 1 response
The early philosophers were much involved with sport, in particular Aristotle who used the Olympic games as metaphor for society. Why does sport feature little, if at all, in modern philosophy? From John L....
Philosophy, Sport Show

Question posted on April 19, 2007; 1 response
Do you think that it is correct to teach physical education in separate-sex classes? Isn't this just keeping the sexist divide between girls and boys, where boys say girls cannot play sport?...
Education, Sport Show

Question posted on April 19, 2007; 2 responses
Why are performance-enhancing drugs seen negatively for athletes, but no problem for musicians? Why do we worship The Beatles (big-time drug takers and their creativity amplified substantially through drug use) and attack Ben Johnson? ...
Sport Show




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