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PHIL 127. Philosophy of Sport. 4 Units.

Sporting activity raises various kinds of philosophical questions: What defines a “sport”? What should be the purpose of sports? Do sports develop moral character? What is cheating in sports? What is sportsmanship? What is performance enhancement and what is wrong with it? Should violent sports be banned? Are university sports compatible with a university’s mission? Are students-athletes exploited? What is the role of sports in a meaningful of life? The philosophy of sport analyzes these and other philosophical questions that arise in sports and that have practical applications for athletes, coaches, sports organizations, fans, and society at large. (GE2B)