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The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law

Volume 10, Issue 6, November 2010

Randall Mayes
Pages 1-17
DOI: 10.5840/jpsl20101069

The Modern Olympics & Post-Modern Athletics
A Clash in Values

While the overwhelming majority of professions do not regulate the use of performance enhancements, athletics has become a lightning rod. Analysis of the current policies regulating athletic enhancements reveals that drawing the line on what is permitted is an ethically and politically arbitrary process, and sport governing bodies hold athletes to a different standard. The World Anti-Doping Agency uses “the spirit of sport” as criteria for banning enhancements while recent findings in genomics reveals the spirit of being human is to take advantage of what is available for survival. These contradictions question the reasoning and validity of the current regulations of athletic enhancements.

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