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Doping as addiction: disorder and moral responsibility

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posted on 2022-05-03, 16:03 authored by Carwyn Jones

 D’Angelo and Tamburrini invited readers to consider doping in sport as a health issue and dopers as potential addicts who need therapy rather than offenders who need punishing. The issue of addiction in sport is important and very much under researched. In this essay I explore the extent to which addiction can be justifiably used as an excuse for offending behaviour. The favoured argument is that addicts experience a craving or compulsion to use over which they have no control. I argue that there is insufficient evidence that addicts experience such compulsion. Although it seems science is unravelling some of the mysteries of addiction, it has not provided sufficient evidence that addictive consumption amounts to compulsive use. Nevertheless, it is clear that addicts do have difficulty with controlling their use and such difficulties ought to be considered in any judgements about moral responsibility. This does not mean that rules or laws including anti-doping legislation should be altered because not all those who fall foul are addicted. Moreover, accepting responsibility and punishment for the consequences of their actions (including anti-doping rules) is an important part of therapy for addicts. 


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Journal of the Philosophy of Sport


Taylor & Francis


  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)


Jones, C. (2015) 'Doping as Addiction: disorder and moral responsibility', Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 42(2), pp. 251-267

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Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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Carwyn Jones

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Philosophy and Ethics in Sport

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