Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 201–207

Harm, risk, and doping analogies: A counter-response to Kious


DOI: 10.1007/s11017-011-9178-9

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MacGregor, O. & McNamee, M. Theor Med Bioeth (2011) 32: 201. doi:10.1007/s11017-011-9178-9


Brent Kious has objected to our previous criticism of his views on doping, maintaining that we, by and large, misrepresented his position. In this response, we strengthen our original misgivings, arguing that (1) his views on risk of harm in sport are either uncontroversially true (not inconsistent with the views of many doping opponents) or demonstrably false (attribute to doping opponents an overly simplistic view), (2) his use of analogies (still) indicates an oversimplification of many issues surrounding the question of doping in sports, and (3) his doping analogies are insufficiently precise to support his conclusions.


Sports ethicsDopingMoral methodologySportsPerformance enhancement

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Human and Health SciencesSwansea UniversitySwanseaUK