Last updated on: 12/19/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Sharon Ryan, PhD Biography

Title:
Chair of the Department of Philosophy at West Virginia University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“[I]t would be interesting to know the effects of PEDs under legalized and carefully monitored conditions. Athletes are buying drugs from people like Victor Conte, who has no pharmaceutical or sports medicine credentials, and they are shooting up in locker room stalls. If PEDs were used properly and developed in reputable labs by top scientists, perhaps the risks of PEDs would be much lower. Perhaps PEDs could be developed that have very little risk and enormous benefits. These are serious questions for the scientists to figure out…”

“What’s So Bad About Performance Enhancing Drugs?” Philosophy and Football, Aug. 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, West Virginia University (WVU), 2004-present
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, WVU
  • Creator, online philosophy project: “The Question” (thequestion.blogs.wvu.edu)
  • Spinning instructor, WVU Student Recreation Center
  • Winner, Outstanding Teacher Award, Elberly College-WVU, 1997
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Rochester
  • MA, University of Rochester
  • BA, State University of New York at Fredonia
Other:
  • None Found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Athletes Gain an Unfair Advantage by Using Performance Enhancing Drugs?