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Title: Ethical genetic enhancement in sport
Author: Bennett, Philip Seton
ISNI:       0000 0004 2733 0069
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2012
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Athletes have consistently tried to gain a competitive edge over each other throughout the history of sport. Advances in genetics suggest that this will be one source of such an edge in the future. The World Anti-Doping Agency has decreed that so-called 'gene doping' is impermissible. In this thesis, I will argue that this approach is premature; I offer a case for the inclusion of genetic enhancements in sport. The explication will be made within a virtue consequentialist moral framework linked to a MacIntyrean understanding of social practices. Having dealt with minor initial objections, possible problems for society, and concerns about the impact on sport, I will show why the inclusion of the innovation would be beneficial to sport. The main positive result will be the possibility for a deeper engagement with the practice for a longer period of time thus enabling more goods internal to the practice to be realised. These internal goods have a major bearing on the positive consequences associated with sport and will justify the permiss.ibility of using genetic enhancement technology.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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