Last updated on: 12/19/2008 | Author:

Sharon Ryan, PhD Biography

Chair of the Department of Philosophy at West Virginia University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“[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

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, West Virginia University (WVU), 2004-present
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, WVU
  • Creator, online philosophy project: “The Question” (
  • Spinning instructor, WVU Student Recreation Center
  • Winner, Outstanding Teacher Award, Elberly College-WVU, 1997
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Rochester
  • MA, University of Rochester
  • BA, State University of New York at Fredonia
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