28. Performance Enhancement and Legal Theory

An Interview with Professor Michael H. Shapiro

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch28

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

More, M. and Vita-More, N. (eds) (2013) Performance Enhancement and Legal Theory, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch28

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • athletic performance enhancement;
  • ethical issues;
  • legal theory;
  • moral category arguments;
  • policy

Summary

This chapter talks about legal and ethical issues concerning performance enhancement in sports, games, and contests. It has divided up the analysis into several overlapping dimensions, which apply both to physical and mental enhancement. The chapter explains moral category arguments such as arguments from nature, identity, merit, and external influence. In any case, widespread performance enhancement might even make people more diligent and move them to try harder – generally considered a good thing – if only to avoid loss of relative position. There are those who downplay their importance, insisting that main point of analyzing enhancement is the threshold propriety of use. The apparent inevitability of enhancement generates serious moral and policy issues. Finally, enhancement obviously impacts our basic values, which vary, in this domain, from congruence with each other to near-total conflict in assessing enhancement situations.