Performance enhancing drugs should be allowed in sport

Roger Crisp

Moderator: Professor Roger Crisp

Roger Crisp is Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Anne's College, and Professor of Moral Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy. He is the Philosophy Delegate to Oxford University Press.

Julian Savulescu

Proposer: Professor Julian Savulescu

Julian Savulescu holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics and is Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Faculty of Philosophy.  He is Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and also Director of the Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences within the James Martin 21st Century School.

John William Devine

Opposer: Dr John William Devine

John William Devine is a Project Coordinator in the Oxford Bioethics Network. He is also a member of HeLEX and the Ethox Centre, both within the Department of Public Health.

Opening statements - 14 Jun 10

  • Professor Roger Crisp

    Taking drugs to improve one's sporting performance seems, on the face of it, a pa... read more

  • Professor Julian Savulescu

    Julian Savulescu

    The World Cup has begun and Le Tour de France begins in July. Doping will play a part... read more

  • Dr John William Devine

    John William Devine

    In just over two years the world's elite athletes will descend on the UK for Lond... read more

Update 1

  • 17 Jun 10
    Professor Julian Savulescu

    Julian Savulescu

    So far, there has been no debate. I agree entirely with nearly all John William's... read more

  • 21 Jun 10
    Dr John William Devine

    John William Devine

    Julian's response to the problem of doping is to throw in the towel. He argues th... read more

Update 2

  • 24 Jun 10
    Professor Julian Savulescu

    Julian Savulescu

    Illegal forms of prostitution still occur in countries where prostitution has been de... read more

  • 28 Jun 10
    Dr John William Devine

    John William Devine

    Frank Lampard's 'goal' that never was in England's World Cup defeat t... read more

Closing statements - 01 Jul 10

  • Professor Julian Savulescu

    Julian Savulescu

    At the beginning of this debate, I said doping would be a part of the World Cup. Lion... read more

  • Dr John William Devine

    John William Devine

    I have advanced two main lines of argument in favour of a ban on doping: 1. Doping ma... read more

  • Professor Roger Crisp

    Our debate could have been polarized, between a pure libertarianism which advocates t... read more

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Your comments

  • Skills are secondary

    In my opinion in elite-sports is no more much about skills, because to reach...

  • pure competition

    The question is who does the public wish to see competing - the athletes or the...

  • No drugs

    Since many athletes like to be as healthy as possible, and that would mean not...

  • Aspiration

    Roman G. correctly notes the difference between professional and amateur sport...

  • on performance enhancing drugs

    It cannot be allowed since sport is for the cultivation of humanity. That is why...

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