Join us at the bookshop on Sunday, January 28 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm for a talk by author Thomas Murray about his timely new book, Good Sport.
In Good Sport: Why Our Games Matter – and How Doping Undermines Them, Thomas H. Murray offers a unique and deeply informed perspective on anti-doping. He argues that performance-enhancing drugs threaten what we value most in sports: raw athletic talent and the dedication individuals put forth to hone these talents.
Murray examines the history, rules, and practices of sports, ultimately revealing a foundation of ethics built on natural talent and hard work. This is evident in the Paralympics’ attempt to create level playing fields among athletes with varying impairments. They appear again in the struggle to be fair to all when an extraordinary woman athlete emerges with a man’s hormone profile and strength. Yet, the values that give sports its meaning are undermined by steroid use and corruption.
GOOD SPORT explores the reasons athletes use steroids, tactics for effective anti-doping campaigns, why medical supervision will not lead to harm reduction, and more. By looking at what we champion in the athletic arena, and more broadly what we value in human achievement, it outlines exactly why doping is wrong.
Praise for GOOD SPORT:
“A tour de force on sports performance enhancement and how to think about it.” –Sally Jenkins, author and columnist at Washington Post
“To the question of, 'Why not just let them all dope?' he [Murray] answers with reason and a moral clarity that has been missing from the public conversation.” –T.J. Quinn, reporter and anchor, ESPN
About the Author
Thomas H. Murray is President Emeritus of The Hastings Center. He served as Presidential appointee on the National Bioethics Advisory Commission and as chair of its Genetics subcommittee. He has been president of the Society for Health and Human Values and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and chaired the Ethical Issues Review Panel for the World Anti-Doping Agency. He is currently a member of the Independent IAAF Ethics Board. He lives in Brewster.