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The ethics of human enhancement and technology in elite sport: the case of Oscar Pistorius

Starts: 12 December 2012

Photo of Oscar Pistorius

Wednesday 12th December 2012, 3.00pm – 4.30pm, Room 0.85, Glamorgan Building.

The School of Social Sciences' Medicine, Science and Culture (MeSC) research group, set up to explore, debate, and critique emerging issues/contours in medical and scientific worlds, is hosting a lecture entitled: “The ethics of human enhancement and technology in elite sport: the case of Oscar Pistorius”.

This session will be dedicated to thinking through, in light of the London Olympics, the fascinating case of Oscar Pistorius and the politics surrounding human enhancement, technology, and ethics in the field of elite sport. Our speaker will be Prof. Mike McNamee from Swansea University. The session will proceed with Prof. McNamee's presentation followed by an open debate involving all attendees. The debate will concern the topic at hand; related issues in the field; and what events members would like to be organised in the coming academic year.

All are welcome, but places are limited. If you would like to attend please contact Gareth Thomas or Rebecca Dimond using the details below.

For more information on the MeSC research group please click here.

Abstract

Oscar Pistorius is an elite athlete who wears racing prostheses known as ‘blades’. He has competed in the Paralympics where such technology is common place. However, as a ‘technological hybrid’ defying categorisation, Oscar’s participation in the Olympics became problematic. In this discussion Professor McNamee highlights how the case of Oscar raises fundamental questions about the boundaries of the human body and the role of technological enhancement in the pursuit of sporting excellence

Mike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics in the Department of Philosophy, Humanities and Law in Healthcare, Swansea University. His research interests are in the ethics of medicine, sport, and research. He has an extensive publishing portfolio in applied philosophy and ethics in sport and health. To find out more about him please visit his Swansea University biography page by clicking here.

Contact

If you require any more information or would like to be included on the MeSC mailing list, please contact Gareth Thomas or Rebecca Dimond using the details below.

Gareth Thomas
Email:
ThomasG23@cardiff.ac.uk

Rebecca Dimond
Email:
DimondR1@cardiff.ac.uk

 

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Open To: Staff and Students