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Presenter Information

Maxwell Davis

Location

SURC Room 271

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Ethics, Athletes, Dignity

Abstract

College athletes are not being treated with dignity in the current student-athlete format. Nineteenth-century philosopher Immanuel Kant introduces the idea of dignity in the Groundworks of the Metaphysics of Morality. I discuss Kant's views and apply them to the issue of college athletics. I argue that the term student-athlete is no longer appropriate, and that the amateurism myth denies college athletes dignity. I discuss health risks, devaluation of academics, and reduction of athlete's goals and ends, and explain why these hazards are detrimental to the college athlete, and to the institution of college athletics as a whole.

For this presentation, Maxwell Davis received a College of Arts and Humanities Best Oral Presentation Award for 2014.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Goerger, Michael

Additional Mentoring Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

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May 15th, 1:50 PM May 15th, 2:10 PM

The "Student-Athlete" Myth

SURC Room 271

College athletes are not being treated with dignity in the current student-athlete format. Nineteenth-century philosopher Immanuel Kant introduces the idea of dignity in the Groundworks of the Metaphysics of Morality. I discuss Kant's views and apply them to the issue of college athletics. I argue that the term student-athlete is no longer appropriate, and that the amateurism myth denies college athletes dignity. I discuss health risks, devaluation of academics, and reduction of athlete's goals and ends, and explain why these hazards are detrimental to the college athlete, and to the institution of college athletics as a whole.

For this presentation, Maxwell Davis received a College of Arts and Humanities Best Oral Presentation Award for 2014.