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Volume 59, Issue 1


Cheating is the Name of the Game - Conventional Cheating Arguments Fail to Articulate Moral Responses to Doping

Ashkan Atry / Mats G. Hansson / Ulrik Kihlbom
Published Online: 2013-10-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/pcssr-2013-0020


One of the most common arguments in the discussion on doping is that it represents a form of cheating. In this paper it is argued that common doping-is-cheating arguments based on notions of rule-violation and unfair advantage are inadequate, since they treat cheating as distinct from the structure and the logic of competitive sport. An alternative approach to cheating in sport as regards performance enhancement will be offered based on the ethics of participation in interpersonal relationships. This participatory perspective points towards the need to broaden our conception of agency and moral responsibility in relation to doping, beyond the notion of the individual “drug-cheat” who acts in a vacuum.

Keywords: doping; cheating; unfair advantage; rule violation; interpersonal relationships

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Published Online: 2013-10-20

Published in Print: 2013-10-01

Citation Information: Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research, Volume 59, Issue 1, Pages 21–32, ISSN (Online) 1899-4849, ISSN (Print) 2081-2221, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/pcssr-2013-0020.

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