Beware of Greeks bearing gifts: a Foucaldian response to Holowchak

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Burke, Michael (2004) Beware of Greeks bearing gifts: a Foucaldian response to Holowchak. Journal of the philosophy of sport, XXXXI (2). pp. 226-244. ISSN 0094-8705


The article focuses on M. Andrew Holowchak's article discussing the ban on anabolic steroids, and presents philosopher Michel Foucault's response to it. A discussion is given on some of the positive claims Holowchak makes about justifications for the ban on steroid use in sports and critically investigates their logical integrity. Holowchak's position relies on the assertion that athletes who take drugs must necessarily value victory over concerns for their own health, other athletes, and the sport itself. Yet if this standard is applied to drug takers, it should also be applied consistently to all other athletes and all other athletic practices.

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Item type Article
DOI AN:14739628
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Keywords doping in sports, steroids, athletes drug use, sports - law and legislation, Michel Foucault 1926-1984, Andrew M. Holowchak
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