Stimulated by Hugh Upton's recent article in Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, in which he argues that there can be a moral duty to cheat in games, I attempt to examine his claims. Much of what he writes revolves around examples from two sports, cricket and rugby, and with differing connections to those games' rules. While the example from cricket is said to involve a breach of the spirit of that game, it is contravention of the written rules of rugby on which the latter part of Upton's case focuses. Given limited space I concentrate on the cricketing example, but several of the points I make about that apply also to when rule-breaking itself is involved. My conclusions express doubts about whether a case for a moral duty to cheat in games has been established.
|Title of host publication||Philosophy of sport|
|Editors||S. Kretchmar, P. Hopsicker|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon, UK|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Sep 2014|
|Name||Critical Concepts in Sport Studies|
Royce, R. (2014). Concerning a moral duty to cheat in games. In S. Kretchmar, & P. Hopsicker (Eds.), Philosophy of sport (Vol. 2, pp. 323-335). (Critical Concepts in Sport Studies). Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.