Magnanimity, Athletic Excellence, and Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Austin, Michael W.
Journal of Applied Philosophy 2009 February; 26(1): 46-53
In this paper, I first develop a neo-Aristotelian account of the virtue of magnanimity. I then apply this virtue to ethical issues that arise in sport, and argue that the magnanimous athlete will rightly use sport to foster her own moral development. I also address how the magnanimous athlete responds to the moral challenges present in sport by focusing on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, and conclude that athletic excellence as it is conventionally understood, without moral excellence, has very little value.
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