Topic: Sport, Ethics and Philosophy

The topical pages gather articles, book reviews and other material from about a particular topic of sport studies, such as ”action sports”, “sport history”, “gender, sex and sports” or “tennis”. The topical page contains links to published texts relevant to the topic in question.


Alsarve, Daniel Den demokratiska idrottens motsägelsefulla karaktär (111214)
Johan Carlsson Authenticity – a major concern in sports (170515)
Eichberg, Henning Review Essay: Individuals? Factors? Definitions? The sociological abstraction of the body (published 2014-11-10, in Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum Vol 5, 2014)
Haugen, Kjetil K. The “Norwegian Soccer Wonder” A Game Theoretic Approach (published in Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum March 31, 2010)
Jonasson, Kalle A Philosophy of S(p)orts: A review essay on A Philosophy of Sport by Steven Connor (120509)
Jönsson, Kutte Cyborgatleterna är här?! Om genus, ”genfuskare” och idrottens hybrider (050831)
Jönsson, Kutte Djuren, sporten och etiken (081001)
Jönsson, Kutte Humans, Horses, and Hybrids: On Rights, Welfare, and Masculinity in Equestrian Sports(published in Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum Vol. 3, 2012, pp. 49-69)
Jönsson, Kutte Naturen, sporten och etiken (121010)
Jönsson, Kutte Fascistisk estetik och olympiska ideal (140114)
Jönsson, Kutte Idrott och interpellation: Om tränares talhandlingar i tre sporter (170605)
Lindfelt, Mikael Idrott, människosyn och religion: En tolkning av Pierre de Coubertins idrottsreligion med utblick på postmoderna höjder (050503)
Lindfelt, Mikael Idrottsetikens ständiga balansgång: Idrottsetiska reflektioner i ett kvantitativt och kvalitativt perspektiv (030606)
Lindfelt, Mikael Som dialogintresserad gäst i Torbjörn Tännsjös idrottsetiska finrum (080423)
Loland, Sigmund Kroppssyn, idrett og mosjon (031009)
Loland, Sigmund Technology in Sport: Three Ideal-Typical Views and Their Implications (031009)
Melin, Roger Dopning och sanningsenlighet: Ett försök att rättfärdiga dopningsförbudet inom idrotten (050118)
Melin, Roger Instrumentalization of the Body in Sports (131118)
Melin, Roger Technology and the Existential Element in Sport (181206)
Palmås, Karl Bodies Without Bodhis: Towards a Philosophy of Surfing (130123)
Tamburrini, Claudio Educational or genetic blueprints, what’s the difference? (030606)

Book reviews

The Anthropology of Sport and Human Movement: A Biocultural Perspective Robert R. Sands & Linda R. Sands (red) Lanham, MD: Lexington Books 2010 (Kalle Jonasson 140523)
Anti-doping: Policy and Governance Barrie Houlihan & Mike McNamee (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2014 (Björn Sandahl 160422)
Athletics and Philosophy in the Ancient World: Contests of Virtue Heather L. Reid Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2011 (Gunnar Breivik 120328)
Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter’s Box Eric Bronson (red) Chicago, IL.: OpenCourt (Kutte Jönsson 041109)
Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint Jerry L. Walls & Gregory Bassham (red) Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky 2007 (Kutte Jönsson 080903)
Becoming Centaur: Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and English Horsemanship Monica Mattfeld University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press 2017 (Susanna Hedenborg 170901)
Bioethics, Genetics and Sport Silvia Camporesi & Mike McNamee Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2018 (review in English by Matija Mato Škerbić, published 191120)
The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport Cesar R. Torres (red) London: Bloomsbury 2014 (Kenneth Aggerholm 141017)
Bodily Democracy: Towards a Philosophy of Sport For All Henning Eichberg Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2010 (Kalle Jonasson 101215)
The Body and Social Theory: Third Edition Chris Shilling London: Sage Publications 2012 (Henning Eichberg 141110)
Climbing: Because It’s There Stephen E. Schmid (red) Oxford, Oxon.: Wiley Blackwell 2010 (Åke Nilsén 120125)
Critical Thinking for Sports Students Emily Ryall London: Sage Publications 2010 (Kutte Jönsson 130829)
Cycling: A Philosophical Tour De Force Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza & Michael W. Austin (red) Oxford, Oxon.: Wiley Blackwell 2010 (Ask Vest Christiansen 120125)
Deconstructing Martial Arts Paul Bowman Cardiff: Cardiff University Press 2019 (review in English by Anne Tjønndal, published 191204)
Defining Sport: Conceptions and Borderlines Shawn E. Klein (red) Lanham, MD: Lexington Books 2017 (Anne Tjønndal 170517)
Demystifying Talent Management: A Critical Approach to the Realities of Talent Billy Adamsen Basingstoke, Hamps.: Palgrave Macmillan 2016 (Inge Kryger Pedersen 160608)
Elite-Bildung: An Existential-Phenomenological Study of Talents Developing in Football Kenneth Aggerholm Århus: Århus University 2012 (Gunnar Breivik 140318)
Elitesportens virkelighed: Ti udøvere og otte forskere om livet i og uden for arenaen Steen Brock (red) Århus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag 2007 (Birger Hedén 090429)
Endurance Running: A socio-cultural examination William Bridel, Pirkko Markula & Jim Denison (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2016 (Øyvind Førland Standal 160428)
Equine Cultures in Transition: Ethical Questions Jonna Bornemark, Petra Andersson & Ulla Ekström von Essen (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2019 (review in English by Susanna Hedenborg, published 191212)
Ethical Concerns in Sport Governance Souvik Naha & David Hassan (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2019 (review by Pam R. Sailors, published 190618)
Ethical Expertise, Phronesis and Moral Education: Special Issue of Moving Bodies, No. 2 2006 Vol. 4 Ejgil Jespersen, Matti Goksøyr & Lars Tore Ronglan (red) Oslo: Norges Idrettshøgskole 2006 (Kenneth Aggerholm 071024)
Ethics, Dis/Ability and Sports Ejgil Jespersen & Mike McNamee (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2009 (Kenneth Aggerholm 100310)
Ethics, Knowledge and Truth in Sports Research: An Epistemology of Sport Graham McFee Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2010 (Mikael Lindfelt 110309)
Ethics, Money and Sport: This Sporting Mammon Adrian Walsh & Richard Giulianotti Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2006 (Arve Hjelseth 070829)
Ethics and Governance in Sport: The future of sport imagined Yves Vanden Auweele, Elaine Cook & Jim Parry (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2017 (Pam R. Sailors 171220)
Ethics and Sport in Europe Dominique Bodin & Gaëlle Sempé Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing 2011 (Kutte Jönsson 121031)
Ethics in Sport: Second Edition William J. Morgan (red) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics 2007 (Mikael Lindfelt 080423)
The Ethics of Doping and Anti-Doping: Redeeming the Soul of Sport Verner Møller Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2009 (Kutte Jönsson 101013)
The Ethics of Sport: Essential Readings Arthur L. Caplan & Brendan Parent (red) Oxford: Oxford University Press 2017 (Shawn E. Klein 170906)
Ethics of Sport & Athletics: Theory, Issues, and Application Robert C. Schneider Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2009 (Mikael Lindfelt 100310)
The Ethics of Sports: A Reader Mike McNamee (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2010 (Ørnulf Seippel 110831)
The Ethics of Sports Coaching Alun R. Hardman & Carwyn Jones (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2011 (Kutte Jönsson 111214)
Etikprofessorn Torbjörn Tännsjö Fri Tanke Förlag: Stockholm 2018 (Roger Melin 190404)
Exercise and Eating Disorders: An Ethical and Legal Analysis Simona Giordano Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2010 (Gunnar Breivik 101124)
Fair Play in Sport – a Moral Norm System Sigmund Loland London: Spon 2001 (David Hoff 030706)
Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human Vybarr Cregan-Reid London: Ebury Press 2016 (Diane McManus 171109)
Föreställningar om kroppen: Kropp och kroppslighet i pedagogisk praktik och teori Håkan Larsson & Birgitta Fagrell Stockholm: Liber  2010 (Charlotte Svendler Nielsen 130418)
Genetic Technology and Sport: Ethical Questions Claudio Tamburrini & Torbjörn Tännsjö (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2005 (Kutte Jönsson 060329)
Genetically Modified Athletes: Biomedical Ethics, Gene Doping and Sport Andy Miah London: Routledge 2004 (Kutte Jönsson 041026)
Gender Testing in Sport: Ethics, cases and controversies Sandy Montañola & Aurélie Olivesi (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2016 (Sarah Teetzel 170614)
A Global History of Doping in Sport: Drugs, Policy, and Politics John Gleaves & Thomas M. Hunt (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2015 (Björn Sandahl 160422)
Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links Andy Wible (red) Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky 2010 (Erik Jönsson 130517)
Golf as Meaningful Play: A Philosophical Guide W. Thomas Schmid Lanham, MD: Lexington Books 2017 (Jens Ljunggren 180516)
Good Sport: Why Our Games Matter – and How Doping Undermines Them Thomas H. Murray Oxford: Oxford University Press 2018 (Andrew J. Bloodworth 180618)
suitsThe Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia Bernard Suits Peterbourough, ON: Broadview Press 2014 (Henning Eichberg 160115)
History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity R. Scott Kretchmar, Mark Dyreson, Matthew P. Llewellyn & John Gleaves Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics 2017 (Gunnar Breivik 180214)
A History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education: From Ancient Civilizations to the Modern World Robert A. Mechikoff & Steven G. Estes Dubuque, IA: McGraw Hill 2006 (Björn Sandahl 060927)
Human–Animal Relationships in Equestrian Sport and Leisure Katherine Dashper Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2017 (Susanna Hedenborg 170901)
Hunting: In Search of the Wild Life Nathan Kowalsky (red) Oxford, Oxon.: Wiley Blackwell 2010 (Kim Wickman 111102)
Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport Heather L. Reid Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield 2012 (Kutte Jönsson 131205)
Key Concepts in Body & Society Kate Cregan London: Sage Publications 2012 (Henning Eichberg 141110)
Das Leben in 90 Minuten: Eine Philosophie des Fussballs Gunter Gebauer München: Pantheon Verlag 2016 (Mats Franzén 170920)
Matchen som aldrig ägde rum: och ytterligare åtta kapitel om idrott, etik och politik Kutte JönssonVästerås: ICA Bokförlag 2010 (Ulf Svenning 111102)
Meningen med idretten Kari Steen-Johnsen & Iver B. Neumann (red) Oslo: Unipub 2009 (Anders Östnäs 100922)
Meningsskapande idrott: Livsåskådningsrelevanta perspektiv och empiriska kontraster Mikael LindfeltNora: Nya Doxa 2006 (Lars Magnus Engström 060913)
Olympic Ethics and Philosophy Mike McNamee & Jim Parry (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2014 (Kutte Jönsson 151103)
mcfeeOn Sport and the Philosophy of Sport: A Wittgensteinian approach Graham McFee Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2015 (Gunnar Breivik 160304)
Oplyst sport: Filosofiske refleksioner Poul Ferland København: Books on Demand 2010 (Mikael Lindfelt 111102)
Pain and Injury in Sport: Social and Ethical Analysis Sigmund Loland, Berit Skirstad & Ivan Waddington (red) Oxford: Routledge 2006 (Rolf Jonsson 061011)
Phenomenological Approaches to Sport Irena Martínková & Jim Parry (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2012 (Henning Eichberg 140403)
Phenomenology and Pedagogy in Physical Education Øyvind Førland Standal Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2015 (Ejgil Jespersen 160616)
Philosophical Perspectives on Gender in Sport and Physical Activity Paul Davis & Charlene Weaving (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2010 (Kutte Jönsson 110511)
Philosophical Perspectives on Play Malcolm MacLean, Wendy Russell & Emily Ryall (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2016 (Ejgil Jespersen 180418)
Philosophy, Risk and Adventure Sports Mike McNamee (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2007 (Åke Nilsén 080409)
Philosophy and Sport Anthony O’Hear (red) Cambridge, Cambs: Cambridge University Press 2013 (Pam R. Sailors 180425)
Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport: Critical Perspectives on Research Methods Mike McNamee (red) London: Routledge 2005 (Mikael Lindfelt 050831)
The Philosophy of Football Steffen Borge Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2019 (review in English by Mats Franzén, published 200310)
The Philosophy of Physical Education: A new perspective Steven A. Stolz Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2014 (Øyvind Førland Standal 150116)
The Philosophy of Play Emily Ryall, Wendy Russell & Malcolm MacLean (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2013 (Lars H Gustafsson 140918 )
The Philosophy of Play Emily Ryall, Wendy Russell & Malcolm MacLean (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2013 (Ejgil Jespersen 180418)
The Philosophy of Play as Life Wendy Russell, Emily Ryall & Malcolm MacLean (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2018 (Ejgil Jespersen 180418)
A Philosophy of Sport Steven Connor London: Reaktion Books 2011 (Kalle Jonasson 120509)
Play in Philosophy and Social Thought Henning Eichberg & Signe Højbjerre Larsen (ed.) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2018 (Ejgil Jespersen 181030)
Practical Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity R. Scott Kretchmar Leeds: Human Kinetics Europe 2005 (Kutte Jönsson 051005)
Questioning Play: What play can tell us about social life Henning Eichberg Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2016 (Ejgil Jespersen 170113)
Research Ethics in Exercise, Health and Sports Sciences Mike McNamee, Steve Olivier & Paul WainwrightAbingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2007 (Kenneth Aggerholm 080206)
Skills, Knowledge and Expertise in Sport Gunnar Breivik (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2018 (review by Mikael Lindfelt, published 190503)
Sport Colin McGinn Durham, Co. Durham: Acumen Publishing 2008 (Gunnar Breivik 100512)
Sport 2.0: Transforming Sports for a Digital World Andy Miah Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press 2017 (Anne Tjønndal 180601)
Sport, Ethics and Leadership Jack Bowen, Ronald S. Katz, Jeffrey R. Mitchell, Donald J. Polden & Richard Walden Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2017 (Shawn E. Klein 181003)
Sport, Medicine, Ethics Mike McNamee Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2015 (Åke Andrén-Sandberg 170315)
Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives Randolph Feezell Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press 2013 (Kutte Jönsson 140604)
Sport, Play, and Ethical Reflection Randolph Feezell Urbana and Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press 2006 (Kutte Jönsson 080305)
Sport, Rules and Values: Philosophical Investigations into the Nature of Sport Graham McFee London: Routledge 2004 (Kutte Jönsson 050222)
Sport and Alcohol: An ethical perspective Carwyn Rh. Jones Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2016 (Kutte Jönsson 170524)
Sport and Character: Reclaiming the Principles of Sportmanship Craig Clifford & Randolph M. FeezellChampaign, IL: Human Kinetics 2010 (Ørnulf Seippel 101124)
Sport og etik: En moralfilosofisk analyse af sporten Rasmus Bysted Møller Århus: Aarhus Universitet 2013 (Gunnar Breivik 140411)
Sport og etik: En moralfilosofisk analyse af sporten Rasmus Bysted Møller Århus: Aarhus Universitet 2013 (Henning Eichberg 140411)
Sports, Virtues and Vices: Morality Plays Mike McNamee Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2008 (Bo Carlsson 091216)
Sports Ethics. An Anthology John Boxill (red) Oxford: Blackwell 2002 (Kutte Jönsson 030819)
Surfing Life: Surface, Substructure and the Commodification of the Sublime Mark Stranger Aldershot, Hamps.: Ashgate Publishing 2011 (Åsa Bäckström 121010)
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Bioethical Issues Carol Levine (red) Dubuque, IA: McGraw Hill 2006 (Lena Halldenius 061115)
aggerholmTalent Development, Existential Philosphy and Sport: On becoming an elite athlete Kenneth Aggerholm Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2015 (Gunnar Breivik 150910)
Tennis Philosophy: What the Racket Is All About David Baggett (red) Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky 2010 (Birger Hedén 130214)
Values in Sport: Elitism, Nationalism, Gender Equality and the Scientific Manufacture of WinnersTorbjörn Tännsjö & Claudio Tamburrini (red) London: Spon 2000 (Hans-Eric Olson 030726)
Virtues in Action: New Essays in Applied Virtue Ethics Michael W. Austin (red) Basingstoke, Hamps.: Palgrave Macmillan 2013 (Mikael Lindfelt 140409)
Watching Sport: Aesthetics, ethics and emotion Stephen Mumford Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2012 (Ørnulf Seippel 120509)
Who Owns Sport Andrew Adams & Leigh Robinson (red) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2019 (review in English by Mark Brooke, published 200219)
Why Sports Morally Matter William J. Morgan Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2006 (Bo Carlsson 070829)


Fair Play. Journal of Philosophy, Ethics and Sports Law* (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) Homepage
Journal of the Philosophy of Sport (Routledge) Homepage
Philosophies | Special Issue, “Philosophical Issues in Sport Science”, edited by Emily Ryall
Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research* (De Gruyter) Homepage
Sport, Ethics and Philosophy (Routledge) Homepage


Jens Alm, Anna Maria Hellborg, Joakim Ingrell, Marie Larneby & Gabriella Thorell Idrottsforskning i tiden. Konferensrapport från SVEBI:s årskonferens 20-21 november, 2013 (131201)
Eichberg, Henning Om mennesket som divid og om plural fænomenologi: Idrætsfilosofisk samtale med Rasmus Bysted Møller (140612)
Eichberg, Henning Det teletransporterede ”individ” – eller at filosofere ud fra kroppen og den anden? (140911)
Poul Ferland Tre teser om Oplyst sport (111123)
Gonashvili, Aleksandr, Anastasiia Ivanova & Snezhana Starovoitova Ethical standards of fair play – the basis of modern sport (published 170926)
Imbrišević, Miroslav Testosterone is not the only Game in Town: The Transgender Woman Athlete (190509)
Kutte Jönsson Fallet Oscar Pistorius – om diskriminering, normalitet och anständighet (080606)
Kutte Jönsson Idrottsrörelsen och genusfängelset (081029)
Kutte Jönsson En filosofisk blick OS (121031)
Jönsson, Kutte Om idrott och manliga tårar (151020)
Jönsson, Kutte När Zlatan blev en den av konsthistorien (160112)
Kappes, Andreas Why improving your own performance isn’t always good for the team (Conversation piece, 151209)
Møller, Rasmus Bysted Vad är filosofi? Rasmus Bysted Møller om Henning Eichbergs idétotalitarisme (140603)
Møller, Rasmus Bysted Om jeg’ets udelelighed, tankeeksperimenter og ordenes singularis (140904)
Næss, Hans Erik På tide med et etisk råd i norsk idrett: 2020 bør bli året da Norges idrettsforbund (NIF) oppretter et samfunnsetisk utvalg (191218)
Sørensen, Svend Aage Sproget om sport der blev væk. Del 1 (170201)
Sørensen, Svend Aage Sproget om sport der blev væk. Del 2 (170208)
Sørensen, Svend Aage Sproget om sport der blev væk. Del 3 (1702015)
Sørensen, Svend Aage Sproget om sport og samfund der blev væk: Sproget om Viden (171013)
Sørensen, Svend Aage Sproget om sport og samfund der blev væk: Djævelen ligger i detaljen (171027)
Sørensen, Svend Aage Sproget om sport og samfund der blev væk: Sproget om Målsætning (171117)