WHEN:
SATURDAY, January 17, 2009 7:00 PM

TITLE:
Playing Ball with Objectivism: The Ethics of Sports
Talk by Shawn Klein at the 2008 Summer Seminar
We will listen to the talk and view the slides.

ABSTRACT:
Sports have long been a part of human civilization, and they play a signifcant
role in the lives of most people. They also raise a wide range of important
ethical issues, and on many of these, Objectivism offers a unique and novel
perspective. In this session, Professor Klein discusses many of these
provocative issues, including good sportsmanship, fair play, and
performance-enhancing technologies. He also asks whether being a loyal fan of
one’s local sports club makes one a tribalist and whether the commercialism
of sports is a positive development.

OUTLINE:
I. INTRODUCTION
-Ethical issues in sport
- Sport as exemplifying Objectivist virtues and values
II. SPORTSMANSHIP AND FAIR PLAY
- Does sportsmanship and fair play require altruism?
III. PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING TECHNOLOGIES AND DRUGS
- Are bans of performance-enhancers objectivs?
- Are such bans part of an anti-technology bias?
IV. ETHICS OF FANDOM
- Are fans of teams engaging in tribalism?
- Does fandom lead to evny and hate?
V. COMMERCIALIZATION OF SPORT
- Does money corrupt sport?
VI. CONCLUSIONS

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation