Athletic Enhancement, Human Nature and Ethics

Threats and Opportunities of Doping Technologies

  • Jan Tolleneer
  • Sigrid Sterckx
  • Pieter Bonte

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pieter Bonte, Jan Tolleneer, Paul Schotsmans, Sigrid Sterckx
    Pages 1-18
  3. Conceptual and Theoretical Framework

  4. Transgressing the Limits of Human Nature

  5. The Normative Value of Human Nature

  6. Socio-Cultural and Empirical Approaches

  7. Practices and Policies

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 311-315

About this book


The book provides an in-depth discussion on the human nature concept from different perspectives and from different disciplines, analyzing its use in the doping debate and researching its normative overtones. The relation between natural talent and enhanced abilities is scrutinized within a proper conceptual and theoretical framework: is doping to be seen as a factor of the athlete’s dehumanization or is it a tool to fulfill his/her aspirations to go faster, higher and stronger? Which characteristics make sports such a peculiar subject of ethical discussion and what are the, both intrinsic and extrinsic, moral dangers and opportunities involved in athletic enhancement? This volume combines fundamental philosophical anthropological reflection with applied ethics and socio-cultural and empirical approaches. Furthermore it presents guidelines to decision- and policy-makers on local, national and international levels.


Anti-doping ethics Athletic Enhancement Doping in sports Human Nature and enchancement Sports Ethics Sports enchancement

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Tolleneer
    • 1
  • Sigrid Sterckx
    • 2
  • Pieter Bonte
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences Department of KinesiologyKU Leuven UniversityLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Faculty of arts and Philosophy Department of Philosophy and Moral SciencesGhent UniversityGentBelgium
  3. 3.Faculty of Arts and Philosophy Department of Philosophy and Moral SciencesBioethics Institute Ghent Ghent UniversityGentBelgium

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