Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 201-207

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

  • Oskar MacGregorAffiliated withCollege of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University Email author 
  • , Mike McNameeAffiliated withCollege of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

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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 ethics Doping Moral methodology Sports Performance enhancement