ERIC Number: ED352325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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A Pragmatic Approach to Applied Ethics in Sport and Related Physical Activity.
Zeigler, Earle F.
Arguing that there is still no single, noncontroversial foundation on which the world's present multi-structure of ethics can be built, this paper examines a scientific ethics approach. It is postulated that in North American culture, the approach to instruction in ethics for youth is haphazard at best. Society does not provide an adequate means whereby a young person can bridge the gap between an implicit, developing ethical sense of life, and there is no emphasis on what should in maturity become a sounder, more explicit approach to the making of ethical decisions about life in which sport and physical activity is a part. After briefly presenting the extant major ethical routes available to the reasoning adult in the Western world, application of scientific method through pragmatic ethical analysis is explained. The use of professional basketball players to make up the United States Olympic squad in Barcelona in 1992, in an effort to win the gold medal, points out how far the International Olympic Committee has strayed from the earlier amateur ideal. The theoretical basis for a scientific ethics approach is applied to the amateur-semiprofessional-professional controversy in sport as an example in the belief that such an approach could assist evolving North American democratic society today. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States