- Dr. Emily Ryall, School of Sport and Exercise, University of Gloucestershire, UK
The role and value of science within sport increases with ever greater professionalization and commercialization. Scientific and technological innovations are devised to increase performance, ensure greater accuracy of measurement and officiating, reduce risks of harm, enhance spectatorship and raise revenues. However, such innovations inevitably come up against epistemological and metaphysical problems related to the nature of sport and physical competition. This special issue aims to identify key and contemporary philosophical issues in relation to the science of sport. To what extent is it possible to accurately quantify or improve performance? Do technological innovations in officiating merely transfer authority from one entity to another? Does a technological solution to one issue in sport inevitably lead to a ‘revenge effect’ whereby another problem is created as a consequence? Is the research that drives changes to sport based upon reasonable scientific assumptions? These are the types of questions that this special issue seeks to address.
This special issue will bring together scholars working on philosophical problems in sport to provide a collection of articles focused on philosophical problems in sport science. This issue will complement Mike McNamee’s (2005) edited collection ‘Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport’ in addition to Harry Collins, Robert Evans and Christopher Higgens (2016) recently published work, ‘Bad Call’, which focused on the epistemological and ontological problem of officiating in sport. Whilst there are notable published articles on philosophical problems in sport science, there has been no single edited collection of work in this area. As such, this special issue aims to contribute to this neglected area in the philosophy of sport.
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