Transhuman Athletes and Pathological Perfectionism: Recognising Limits in Sports and Human Nature

  • Michael J. McNameeEmail author
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 52)


In recent discussions in sports and bioethics there it has been suggested that sports may become a site where the modification of human nature itself might be played out. In this essay I explore the desirability of the idea that there might be athletes who could transcend humanity and thus transform sports. I argue that such a desire is a failure to consider the goodness of human and athletic vulnerability. I argue against the idea of the transhuman athlete, and reject it as a form of pathological perfectionism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Humanities and Law in Healthcare, College of Human and HealthSciencesSwansea UniversitySwanseaUK

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