Olympic Ethics and Philosophy

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Mike McNamee, Jim Parry
Routledge, Jul 10, 2014 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages

This book contains an international collection of essays by leading philosophers of sport on the ethics and philosophy of the Olympic Games. The essays consider a range of topics including critical reflections on nationalism and internationalism within the Olympic movement, sexism in Olympic marketing and sponsorship, the preservation and corruption of Olympism, the underlying ideology of the Olympic Games, the inequalities of perception in ability and disability as it informs our understanding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and comparisons between ancient and modern interpretations of the meaning and significance of the Olympic Games. This book will be of interest to historians, philosophers, and sociologists of sports, as well as to the sporting public who simply want to know more about the grounding ideas behind the greatest show on earth.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.


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Olympic Ethics and Philosophy Old Wine in New Bottles
Relevance Risks and Possible Rewards
Developments and Limitations
4 The Youth Olympic Games Some Ethical Issues
Olympic Hype or a Meaningful Ideal?
Two Possibilities for Olympic Sport
De Coubertin and Nietzsche meet Eugenio Monti
Rules Moral Judgement and the Fundamental Principles of Olympism
9 Olympism and Sports Intrinsic Value
A Critique of Women Olympians Nude Reflections
An Increasing Challenge for Olympism and the Paralympic and Olympic Movement
12 The Moral Pathologies of National Sporting Representation at the Olympics
13 Expatriate Coaching Olympism and the Olympic Games

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Mike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics at Swansea University, UK. He is a former President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and the Editor of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. Previous publications include Doping and Anti-Doping Policy in Sport (2011) and The Ethics of Sports: A Reader (2010).

Jim Parry is Professor at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Previous publications include Phenomenological Approaches to Sport (2012) and Theology, Ethics and Transcendence in Sports (2010).

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