Just whatâ€™s wrong with doping? - Boston.com
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
"In recent years, a lively intellectual debate has sprung up around the question of how, exactly, doping is wrongâ€”or whether itâ€™s wrong at all. The debate is contentious: The more that scholars and fans have learned about the history and practice of doping, the more elusive that answer has become. There are plenty of popular reasons to argue that drugs and sports are fundamentally incompatible, but in almost every caseâ€”whether theyâ€™re based on tradition, fairness, or the ideals of health and good characterâ€”those arguments are contradicted by some widely accepted element of high-level sports. Some thinkers even raise an unsettling possibility: that our visceral opposition to doping is a defense mechanism that lets us lie to ourselves about what we really love about sports."
This article was a great read:
To the people in charge of regulating sports, doping has become a thorny enforcement problem: an arms race between increasingly sophisticated forms of cheating on the one hand, and better detection and punishment on the other. But beneath that, thereâ€™s an even thornier philosophical problem: Though pretty much everyone in sports agrees that doping is wrong, thereâ€™s little deeper agreement about why. Everyone acknowledges that, according to todayâ€™s rules, doping is wrong because itâ€™s cheating. Whatâ€™s not so obvious is whether doping is inherently wrongâ€”whether thereâ€™s something fundamentally unsportsmanlike about using drugs to enhance your performance.
Thank you for sharing, Eric.