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Paralympism, Paralympic values and disability sport: a conceptual and ethical critique / M. J. McNamee

Disability and Rehabilitation, Pages: 1 - 9

Swansea University Author: McNamee, Michael

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This paper explores the conceptual content of Paralympism. It beings by exploring the nascent normative framework that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has begun to construct around its constituent sports. The IPC sets out four values: Courage, Determination, Inspiration, and Equality. M...

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Published in: Disability and Rehabilitation
ISSN: 1464-5165
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa23070
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Abstract: This paper explores the conceptual content of Paralympism. It beings by exploring the nascent normative framework that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has begun to construct around its constituent sports. The IPC sets out four values: Courage, Determination, Inspiration, and Equality. Method Drawing on philosophical ethical methods it offers a critical evaluation of the four values that comprise the IPC position. Conclusion While courage is undoubtedly a moral virtue, there is more than one conception that might inform Paralympism with either/both active and passive content. It is argued that Determination is an instrumental character trait it is not necessarily ethically praiseworthy. While potentially inspiring, the efforts and abilities of Paralympic athletes need not be since that would depend on the reception of spectators whom they have no control over. Finally, while an important ethical ideal, it is not clear what kind of equality is aimed for, nor how it would be operationalized within sports with respect to access to expensive technology that is often the precondition of Paralympic sporting success. It is concluded that he Paralympic movement has not yet invested sufficient intellectual effort to articulate its ethical basis, and that while these four values may have something to do with Paralympism, they are insufficient to the articulate the concept.
Keywords: Disability sport ethics, Paralympic ethics, Paralympic philosophy, Paralympism
College: College of Engineering
Start Page: 1
End Page: 9