Sport, moral interpretivism, and football’s voluntary suspension of play norm
MetadataShow full item record
In recent years it has become increasingly the norm in football1 1. For North American readers, football here equals soccer. View all notes to kick the ball out of play when a player is, or appears to be, inadvertently injured. Kicking the ball out of play in football represents a particular instantiation of a generally understood fair play norm, the voluntary suspension of play (VSP). In the philosophical literature, support for the VSP norm is provided by John Russell (200716. Russell, J. S. 2007. "Broad internalism and the moral foundations of sport". In Ethics in Sport, 2nd edn, Edited by: Morgan, W. J. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. View all references) who claims that his interpretivist account of sport is helpful for evaluating complex moral issues in sport in general and issues related to injury in football in particular. This paper examines whether Russell's interpretivist-backed account of autonomy can adequately inform football players as to the nuanced and ambiguous moral considerations that arise in relation to the VSP norm. The paper goes on to identify the highly complex dynamic circumstances football players need to consider in order to better discharge their moral responsibilities when faced with inadvertent injuries.
Sport, ethics and philosophy;
Hardman, A.R. (2009) 'Sport, moral interpretivism, and football's voluntary suspension of play norm', Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 3(1), pp.49-65
- Sport Research Groups 
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
Hardman, Alun; Jones, Carwyn; Jones, Robyn (Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2010)Background: The argument in this paper is founded on two related premises. First, we claim that the moral imperative of sport is derived not from specific rules or laws associated with it but from its intrinsic nature. As ...
Kelsall, Elliott (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2016)This piece of work carries out a conceptual analysis of sport, physical education (PE) and the process of moral development in an attempt to identify the key components of each to assess the potential sport and PE has to ...
Kimbangi, Charles (University of Wales Institute Cardiff, 2010)Previous research (Bennett et al., 2005; Schroeder and Scribner, 2006; Krattenmaker, 2009) has investigated how Christian coaches utilize their position in sport to spread the Christian gospel message to the players that ...