Introduction: Human Nature as a Promising Concept to Make Sense of the Spirit of Sport

  • Pieter Bonte
  • Jan Tolleneer
  • Paul Schotsmans
  • Sigrid Sterckx
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 52)


Should sport revolve around natural talent or should athletes be allowed to enhance their bodies with biotech? As many commentators have noted, it seems that the contemporary doping debate is in urgent need of more in-depth investigations of these issues. Ultimately, the most vexing problems posed by doping do not seem to be about health or fair play – although doping clearly does pose momentous problems on those fronts too. But if some forms of doping would be made available in an adequately healthy and fair way, they would probably still cause much concern – concern about doping itself would persist, no matter how much its circumstances would be tidied up.


Human Nature Virtue Ethic Athletic Performance Human Enhancement Naturalistic Fallacy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter Bonte
    • 1
  • Jan Tolleneer
    • 2
  • Paul Schotsmans
    • 3
  • Sigrid Sterckx
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG)Ghent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation SciencesKU Leuven UniversityLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Centre for Biomedical Ethics and LawKU Leuven UniversityLeuvenBelgium
  4. 4.Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Moral SciencesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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