Last updated on: 11/19/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert Simon, PhD Biography

Title:
Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“I would argue that prohibition [of performance enhancing drugs] is justified because (1) steroid use makes little sense if everyone uses; gains are minimal and everyone is exposed to the risks, (2) how your body reacts to a steroid is not an athletic talent like running or hitting, and (3) it’s worth protecting the ideal of sport as a healthy pursuit.”

“Drugs in sports: Robert Simon,” USA Today live internet chat with readers, Dec. 9, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Hamilton College
  • Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Philosophy, Hamilton College, 2005-Dec. 2014
  • Named to list of 100 Most Influential Sports Educators by the Institute for International Sport, 2007
  • Recipient, Sidney Wertimer Jr. Award, 2005
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport
  • Former President, Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport (now called International Association for the Philosophy of Sport)
  • Former fellow, Rockefeller Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Recipient, Distinguished Scholar Award, International Association for the Philosophy of Sport
  • Coach, men’s varsity golf team, Hamilton College, 1986-2000
  • Fellow, National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, 1981-1982
  • Fellow, Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences 1975-1976
Education:
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Philosophy, Lafayette College, 1963
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Anabolic Steroid Use Be Accepted in Sports?