The use of performance-enhancing technologies in sports through Nicolas Agar's “truly human enhancement” approach

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Abstract

In this paper, I will present Nicholas Agar's “truly human enhancement” approach, which is aimed at critiquing pro-enhancement approaches that advocate for the utilization of technology to better the human condition. After identifying some limitations of Agar's approach, I will apply it to sport in order to explore what kinds of enhancing-performance technologies should be allowed in it. In doing so, I will focus on two criteria from Agar's account that could be deployed to determine when it would be morally condemnable to utilize performance-enhancing technologies in sport, namely intrinsic goods and veridical engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-52
Number of pages9
JournalPerformance Enhancement and Health
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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