Concerning a moral duty to cheat in games

Richard Royce

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophy of sport
EditorsS. Kretchmar, P. Hopsicker
Place of PublicationAbingdon, UK
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780415838054
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2014

Publication series

NameCritical Concepts in Sport Studies


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