Last updated on: 1/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Keith Burgess-Jackson, JD, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Arlington
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Part of me, the libertarian part, says that people should be able to use whatever substances they want when they compete. Those who don’t want to risk their lives or health should take up another line of work. People who don’t want to watch supercharged athletes can find another form of entertainment. But another part of me thinks there should be restrictions on what athletes can consume. The restrictions would be justified on both paternalistic and fairness grounds.”

“Performance-Enhancing Drugs,” www.analphilosopher.com, Dec. 5, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
  • Member, National Association of Scholars, 2005-present
  • Faculty Adviser, Students for the Second Amendment, UTA, 2003-present
  • Faculty Adviser, Philosophy Club, UTA, 1998-present
  • Member, Hazard Communication Committee, UTA, 1989-present
  • Former Member, American Philosophical Association, 1988 to 2003
  • Faculty Adviser, Friends of the Animals, UTA, 1995-1996
  • Faculty Adviser, Maverick Cycling Club, UTA, 1989-1990 and 1992-1996
  • Former Editorial Board Member, Teaching Philosophy
  • Manuscript and Prospectus Reviewer, Macmillan Publishing Company, Prentice Hall, Broadview Press, Oxford University Press
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Arizona, 1989
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Arizona, 1985
  • JD, Wayne State University, 1983
  • MA, History, Wayne State University, 1983
  • AB, Political Science, With Honors, University of Michigan-Flint, 1979
Other:
  • Licensed to practice law in Michigan (as of Jan. 1984) and Arizona (as of June 1985), in state and federal courts
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Potential Negative Impact on the Athlete's Health a Valid Reason to Ban Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports?
  2. Does the Use of Illegal Performance Enhancing Drugs by Some Athletes Coerce Other Athletes to Also Use Them to Remain Competitive?