Last updated on: 2/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter A. French, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“It might be argued that using performance-enhancing drugs exposes one to serious health risks and that those who feel compelled to use them to remain competitive are being forced to run risks that they would otherwise not run. But again, there are health risks involved in weight training and other forms of physical training intended to improve one’s competitiveness.”

Ethics and College Sports, 2004

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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Lincoln Chair in Ethics, Professor of Philosophy, Arizona State University (ASU), Oct. 16, 2000-present
  • Director, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU
  • Senior Editor, Midwest Studies in Philosophy
  • Recipient, Doctor of Humane Letters degree, Gettysburg College, 2006
  • Former Cole Chair in Ethics, Director of the Ethics Center, and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida
  • Former Lennox Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Trinity University
  • Former Exxon Distinguished Research Professor in the Center for the Study of Values, University of Delaware
  • Taught at Northern Arizona University, the University of Minnesota, and Dalhousie University
  • Recipient, Governor of Minnesota’s Certificate of Honor for Outstanding Contributions to Education, 1982
  • Recipient, Horace T. Morse/Amoco Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota, 1979
  • Post-doctoral work at Oxford University
Education:
  • PhD, University of Miami
  • MA, University of Southern California
  • BA, Gettysburg College
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Use of Illegal Performance Enhancing Drugs by Some Athletes Coerce Other Athletes to Also Use Them to Remain Competitive?