On Sporting Integrity

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It has become increasingly popular for sports fans, pundits, coaches and players to appeal to ideas of ‘sporting integrity’ when voicing their approval or disapproval of some aspect of the sporting world. My goal in this paper will be to examine whether there is any way to understand this idea in a way that both makes sense of the way in which it is used and presents a distinctly ‘sporting’ form of integrity. I will look at three recent high profile sporting incidents that caused sporting integrity to be called into question. I will then examine three different ways in which philosophers have sought to understand integrity and examine whether any of these accounts can provide us with a plausible account of sporting integrity. I will argue that such an account can be given and show how this helps us to understand the three cases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-131
Number of pages14
JournalSport, Ethics and Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2016


  • philosophy of sport
  • sport
  • ethics
  • integrity
  • sporting integrity
  • sport ethics
  • applied ethics


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