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15th Annual British Philosophy of Sport Association Conference 2018 – Swansea, April 12th-14th

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Conference of the British Philosophy of Sport Association will be hosted by The School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Swansea University, Wales, UK, April 12-14 ,   2018.

Venue: The College of Engineering, Bay Campus, Swansea University

The Call for Abstracts is Now Open!

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

  • Abstract (200-300 words) final submission date – 29th January 2018
  • Accepted abstracts will receive notification by – 12th February 2018
  • Required format is MS Word, Times New Roman 12pt, single spacing, with indicative bibliography; all to fit on one side of A4.
  • Abstracts to be submitted electronically to with <your name – ABSTRACT – title> as the filename.
  • Papers must be prepared in English. The Programme Committee are very keen to encourage contributors to submit early versions of abstracts or papers for comment and for advice on language issues.




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.



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.

Carnegie Postgraduate Bursaries at Leeds Met Uni

See below for message from Leeds Metropolitan University:

We are currently advertising four fully-funded PhD bursaries that will start in October 2014. Each studentship will have a bursary of £13,726 per annum (pro-rata as a monthly payment) plus UK/EU Fees paid for a period of three years.

We welcome PhD research proposals based on either agreed projects (please see the links below to the Research Centres) or an applicant’s own area of interest in the disciplines listed below.

Within the Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion the subjects identified are:

  • Ethnic Minorities, Leisure and the Countryside
  • Feminism, Gender and Physical Education
  • Protests as Events/Activism as Leisure
  • Sport, Black Women and the Body
  • Sport, Diaspora and Inter-Generational Migrant Families
  • Transnationalism, Migrant Identities and the Significance of Leisure
  • Young people’s experiences of, and opportunities for, physical education and sport in an era of austerity and change: implications for professional practice

Topics for our other research centres (active lifestyles; PE and coaching; tourism, hospitality and events; sport performance; education) are on the same web site.

The advertisement for the Carnegie Postgraduate Bursaries can be found at

Please note that the closing date for applications is 23rd May 2014 (midnight), interviews will be held on 3rd and 4th July 2014.