Each episode focuses on ideas drawn from the philosophy of sport. The podcast seeks to be a resource for students and scholars, to highlight and examine themes in the philosophy of sport, and to spur new thought and research in the field.
Leslie Howe, "Gamesmanship"
In this episode of Examined Sport, I examine Leslie Howe’s “Gamesmanship.” Published in the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport in 2004, this article quickly became a classic, the go-to article on the topic of gamesmanship. In the article, Howe defines the concept of gamesmanship and analyses the ethical dimensions of gamesmanship in sport.
Cesar Torres and Peter Hagar, "The Desirability of the Season Long Tournament: A Response to Finn"
In this episode of Examined Sport, I look at Cesar Torres and Peter Hager’s article: “The Desirability of the Season Long Tournament: A Response to Finn.” Published in the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport in 2011, this article, as the title suggests, is Torres and Hager’s response to Stephen Finn’s “In Defense of the Playoff System.” While Finn defended a playoff system, in their article, Torres and Hager challenge that defense and offer arguments for superiority of the season-long tournament model over the playoff system.
Stephen Finn, "In Defense of the Playoff System"
In this episode of Examined Sport, I look at Stephen Finn’s article “In Defense of the Playoff System” (Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 2009). In this article, Finn sets out first to challenge critiques of the playoff system from Nicholas Dixon and William Morgan, and then to offer his positive defense of the playoff system.
Pam Sailors, "Mixed Competition and Mixed Messages"
In this episode of Examined Sport, I look at Pam Sailors’ “Mixed Competition and Mixed Messages.” Sailors takes up the question of sex segregation in sport by critiquing Jane English’s 1978 “Sex Equality in Sport (https://blubrry.com/sports_ethics_show/79650116/jane-english-sex-equality-in-sports/)". Sailors then discusses how to deal with the complexity of gender in sport and how best to structure competitions.
Jane English, "Sex Equality in Sports"
In this episode of Examined Sport, I look at Jane English’s “Sex Equality in Sports,” published in Philosophy and Public Affairs in 1978. In this classic and influential paper, English examines what equal opportunity for women in sports means and what it implies.
Nicholas Dixon, "A Moral Critique of Mixed Martial Arts"
In this episode of Examined Sport, I discuss Nicholas Dixon’s “A Moral Critique of Mixed Martial Arts” published in Public Affairs Quarterly in 2015. This paper is one of the first philosophical analyses of the sport of MMA.