Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Indiana University - Purdue Univeristy Fort Wayne (IPFW)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"What logically is at issue if we accept the position that steroid prohibitions are not justifiable? Has philosophy indeed strayed away from common sense on this issue? Has
philosophy lost its public audience? Two significantly disjoint responses suggest themselves.
First, the conclusion that steroid use is not unacceptable (a slightly weaker, and perhaps philosophically more palatable position than that steroid proscriptions cannot be convincingly
established) may not follow from our reasoning. Perhaps our arguments are simply not as well constructed as they appear. We may have committed certain errors in our reasoning, which in turn led us to (these) inappropriate results. If we can discover and correct these errors, we
can amend our conclusions. This disjunct itself admits of two interesting permutations. First, the issue here may not be one of fallacious reasoning. Perhaps it is less a question of errors committed than of mis-directed arguments. It may be that the complexity of the issues we
have addressed has prevented us from discovering the 'right' type of logically acceptable arguments with which to justify steroid prohibitions.
Second, it just may be that the problems associated with doping in sport are simply too difficult to admit of philosophic resolution.
Perhaps it is asking too much to expect logically convincing conclusions on matters of cultural origin and significance. We may be better advised to reconsider the nature of our philosophizing than to attempt to philosophically resolve the doping dilemma."
"Of Cabbages and Kings: Continuing Conversation on Performance Enhancers In Sport," Proceedings: International Symposium for Olympic Research, Feb. 1992
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)
Former Chair of Philosophy Department, IPFW
Former President, International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, 1991-1992