At this year’s 2012 London Olympics the “Fastest Man on No Legs” will be racing in London. This is the nickname of South African sprinter, Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius had both his legs amputated as a baby because of a birth defect that left him with no fibula bones. Instead of legs like the rest of the Olympic field, Pistorius will be running on prosthetic devices called “Cheetahs.”
There is the obvious ethical and legal question: should an athlete that requires a technical device to compete be allowed to complete against athletes that do not?
Rockford College Associate Professor of Philosophy Shawn E. Klein, PhD., explores this issue in his new blog The Sports Ethicist. Whether one is a participant, a casual spectator, a die-hard fan, or a critic, sport, in all its varieties and forms, play a significant role in the lives of most people throughout the world. Sports and competitions have long been a part of human civilization and raise a wide range of important philosophical and ethical issues. The Sports Ethicist will examine these issues and explore both the ethical implications of sport and the ways sport can teach us about ethics and human life.