Philosophy of Medicine and Sport workshop

Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas

The next meeting of the Philosophy of Medicine and Sport Workshop will take place on Tuesday, 5 May, 5.30-7.00 p.m. in K0.19, King’s College London, Strand Campus.

Tom Douglas​ (Oxford) will speak on ‘Enhancement and Desert’.

Tom is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a Golding Junior Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford.

All welcome to attend.

 

Abstract

It is sometimes claimed that those who succeed with the aid of biomedical enhancement technologies deserve the rewards associated with their success less, other things being equal, than those who succeed through training or education. This claim captures some widely held intuitions, has been implicitly endorsed by participants in social-psychological research, and helps to undergird two otherwise puzzling objections to the use of enhancement technologies: that enhancement produces unfair advantages, and that it undermines the value of human achievement. I consider whether the claim can be provided with a rational basis by examining three arguments that might be offered in its favour. These appeal respectively to the views that desert is diminished by the adoption of morally undesirable means, the avoidance of effort, and the partial responsibility of others for our achievements.

BPSA Conference 2015: Draft Programme

This is a draft programme for the BPSA conference 2015. Details may be added and subject to change but it will start mid-morning on Monday 13th and finish lunchtime on Wednesday 15th (with an additional cultural activity / excursion for those who are able to stay on).

Monday 13th April

11.00 – Registration
11.45 – Conference opening
12.00 – Keynote 1: Andrew Edgar, Cardiff University (Title to be announced)
14.00-16.30 – Parallel sessions
Eve – Drinks reception

Tuesday 14th April

9.30 – 15.30 – Parallel sessions
15.30 – 16.30 – AGM

Wednesday 15th April

9.30 – 11.30 – Parallel sessions
11.30 – 12.30 – Keynote 2: Keith Thompson, ‘Sport and the rest of life – a personal perspective’
13.00 – Conference close
13.00 – 16.00 – Cultural activity for those who are staying longer

Announcement of Keynotes for BPSA Conference 2015

We are very pleased to announce that our two Keynote speakers for this year’s conference are:

Dr Andrew Edgar, Reader in Philosophy at Cardiff University and current Chair of the European Association for the Philosophy of Sport. Andrew is also a past Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association and will be speaking on sport and the phenomenology of space.

Keith Thompson, who was the first secretary of the British Philosophy of Sport Association and is co-editor of Sporting Reflections: Some Philosophical Perspectives. He has published numerous papers in the philosophy of sport and philosophy of education and was previously Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University.