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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

What We Can—and Cannot—Learn about the Ethics of Enhancement by Thinking about Sport

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(p.218) 5.4 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Robert Sparrow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0025

In this response to Tom Murray’s paper, “The misguided quest for the ethics of enhancement”, the author argues that Murray’s focus on the ethics of enhancement in sport serves him well in illustrating how our reasons to embrace or resist technological change as it impacts on athletes and players depends crucially on “why we play” and on the nature of the excellences made possible by the current rules of the game. However, in life the “rules” are unknown and the meaning of participation and the excellences it makes possible are widely disputed. A focus on the ethics of sport therefore serves us less well when it comes to the larger question of the attitude we should take towards “human enhancement”.

Keywords:   Enhancement, sport, ethics, Murray, meaning

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