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Robert Simon, PhD Biography

Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"

“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
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Philosophy, Lafayette College, 1963
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?
  2. Do Athletes Gain an Unfair Advantage by Using Performance Enhancing Drugs?
  3. Is a Potential Negative Impact on the Athlete's Health a Valid Reason to Ban Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports?
  4. Does the Use of Illegal Performance Enhancing Drugs by Some Athletes Coerce Other Athletes to Also Use Them to Remain Competitive?
  5. Is There an Ethical Difference Between Using Performance Enhancing Drugs and Using Performing Enhancing Technologies in Nutrition, Training, and Equipment?
  6. Should Steroid Use Be Accepted in Sports?