July 2009 Newsletter

In this issue,

Editor’s Note Please read and respond to the following:

  1. President’s Message
  2. Secretary’s Message
  3. News from Journal of Philosophy of Sport
  4. 2009 IAPS Conference – August 27-30, Seattle, USA
  5. Call for Future IAPS Conferenence Proposals
  6. Other News, Announcements
  7. About IAPS and Executive Board

President’s Message –

Danny Rosenberg

Greetings to all!

In just a few weeks we will be gathering for the 37th annual meeting of IAPS in Seattle, Washington, hosted by the Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise of Seattle University. If you have not yet seen the program schedule and list of participants, please do so by going to the IAPS website (www.iaps.net) and follow the conference links. This year’s meeting will feature close to 60 research paper presentations, two distinguished scholar speakers, Nick Dixon and Sigmund Loland, as well as a presidential address. There are also opportunities to take in a Seattle Mariners’ baseball game Friday night and sightsee in and around the magnificent city of Seattle. I want to thank the members of the Site Organizing Committee Dr. Dan Tripps the Director of the Center, Rose Kaser and Nick Schmidt for all their efforts in preparing the conference. I also want to extend my appreciation to our Program Chair Doug Hochstetler and the other members of the Program Committee, Heather Reid and Stephen Finn for their hard work in reviewing the abstracts and putting together an outstanding scholarly forum. If you have not yet registered for the conference, please do so by going to the online registration site at: http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=734081

I would also like to remind those who will be at the conference to attend the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, August 29 where election results, honors and awards will be announced, plus discussion around current business.

By the time you receive this newsletter you will have received the ballots for this year’s elections. I am pleased to report there is a full slate of exceptional candidates for the available positions and I want to thank all of them for their willingness to serve IAPS. I want to extend my sincere appreciation to those leaving the Executive Council and Honors, Awards and Future Sites  Committee for their service, namely, Stephen Finn, Doug McLaughlin, Heather Reid and Charlene Weaving. May I remind the membership to please complete the ballots by the deadline and follow the submission instructions carefully. Election results will be announced at the Executive Council meeting and Annual General meeting in Seattle. I am grateful to our Elections Chair Mike Austin for coordinating this year’s elections.

The Executive Council is considering a site proposal for Rome, Italy in 2010 and there may be a second proposal for South Africa in 2011. This news is extremely encouraging in terms of the growth of sport philosophy worldwide and planning for the future. You should know that most of these proposals result from personal contacts with international colleagues who have a common passion for sport and philosophy. In that spirit, please consider hosting a future conference if you are willing and able, and contact members of the Honors, Awards and Future Site Committee for assistance in putting together a proposal.

Speaking of conferences, please note the call for papers for the IAPS sessions at the regional/divisional conferences of the American Philosophical Association (APA) later this year and early next year. More detailed information about these events will be forthcoming.

For your information, as an affiliate with the American Kinesiology Association (AKA), the following website contains the second newsletter of the AKA: http://www.americankinesiology.org/newsletters/May2009_vol2_no2.pdf

There are some interesting articles in the newsletter and an announcement regarding our Seattle conference.

Finally, this is my last president’s message. The past two years have given me incredible insight and experience in understanding the nature of our association and how it operates. More importantly, I came into contact with many special and talented people on the Executive Council and within the membership at large from all corners of the globe dedicated to our field. May each of you continue in your exemplary work writing and teaching about sport philosophy and making a substantial difference in people’s lives through the promotion of sport philosophy. It has been a genuine honor and privilege to have served you all, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Seattle.

IAPS Seattle, WA.

Douglas Hochstetler, Conference Chair

Dear all,

The 2009 IAPS conference in Seattle, Washington promises to be an outstanding event.  I wanted to provide several updates and bits of information for you that I hope will help you prepare for the conference and your time in Seattle.

The conference will be hosted by the Center of the Study of Sport and Exercise at Seattle University, with Dr. Dan Tripps serving as the Chair of the site organizing committee.  The program features 58 paper presentations and, two Warren P. Fraleigh Distinguished Scholar Lectures (one delivered by Nicholas Dixon and the other by Sigmund Loland) and the Presidential address delivered by Danny Rosenberg.

In addition to the academic program, there are numerous possibilities for social events while in Seattle.  The host committee has arranged for group tickets to a Seattle Mariners baseball game on Friday evening.  The details are:  Royals vs. Mariners on Friday, August 28, 2009 – 7:10 p.m.         Deadline to Purchase Tickets: Wednesday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m.    PRICING: $11 View Reserved Seating (normally $20).  Look for the Group Sporting Events tab on the conference website to reserve your tickets.

Please visit the conference website for all pertinent information related to the conference – the program, registration and lodging details, tourism ideas in and around Seattle, and a link for general announcements.  The website is:


Please note that the registration deadline is August 6.  The registration fee increases by $25 after this deadline.

A few notes regarding the papers/presentations:

1)      Paper presentations should be between 20-25 minutes in length, with 5-10 minutes for questions/answers and discussion per paper.

2)      When you review the program (on the conference website), please check the title and your name for accuracy. If there are any corrections, please forward them to me.

3)      Similarly, if there are any revisions to the abstract you submitted, please e-mail me your revised abstract as an attachment.

4)      If for some reason you will be unable to attend the conference and present your paper in person, please notify me right away. The program will be updated on an ongoing basis up to and including the time of the conference.

On behalf of the Conference Program Committee (Stephen Finn, Heather Reid) and the Site Committee (Dan Tripps, Nick Schmidt, and Rose Kaser), we look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Secretary’s Message

Doug McLaughlin
            Not available at Press.

Journal of Philosophy of Sport

John Russell, Editor

The fall issue of the JPS (36 [2]) will include a special section on sport and technology. Hearty thanks go Miller Brown who kindly agreed to guest edit this special section. The papers were drawn from the Sport and Technology: Philosophical Dimensions conference that was held at Langara College in Vancouver on May 29-31st. The conference was organized by the North American Philosophy of Sport Association and was co-convened by JPS editor John Russell, and Gabriela Tymowski, and Angela Schneider. The JPS will publish the following conference papers:

Special Section on Sport and Technology

W. Miller Brown, The Case for Perfection

Leon Culbertson, Genetic Enhancement in the Dark

Sigmund Loland, The Ehics of Performance-Enhancing Technology in Sport

William J. Morgan, Athletic Perfection, Performance-Enhancing Drugs, and the Treatment-Enhancement Distinction

James Rupert and Angela J. Schneider, Constructing Winners: The Science and Ethics of Genetically Manipulating Athletes

Pamela R. Sailors, More than a Pair of Shoes: Running and Technology

The fall issue will also include

The Warren P. Fraleigh Distinguished Scholar Lecture

Mike McNamee, Beyond Consent? Paternalism and Pediatric Doping


Allan Back, The Way to Virtue in Sport

Stephen, Schmid, Reconsidering Autotelic Play 

Review Essays

Sport  (By Colin McGinn)  Reviewed by Scott Kretchmar

Sports, Virtues and Vices: Morality Plays  (By Mike McNamee)  Reviewed by Heather L. Reid

A few more notes: Please let me know if you have suggestion for topics for future special sections.  No topic has yet been chosen fall 2010. Also, feel free to send any other suggestions about the journal. The editorial board will meet in Seattle for the IAPS annual conference/meeting. Hope to see you all there.

Call for Future IAPS Conference Proposals

The Honors, Awards, and Future Sites Committee invites you to submit proposals (as soon as possible) for the 38th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport to be held in the fall of 2010. To access a site proposal form that outlines the procedures to host an IAPS Conference, CLICK HERE. Note that proposals are welcome not only for 2010, but also for future conferences. The Committee encourages all those who are interested in hosting a conference to submit a proposal. Assistance can be provided with the proposal submission.

Other News and Announcements

IAPS:  American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division,

Dear APA Group Meeting Organizer, 

I write on behalf of the Executive Committee of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division to invite your group to participate in the program of our next annual meeting, which will take place at the Westin St Francis in San Francisco from March 31 to April 4, 2010. Our Program Committee Chair, Becko Copenhaver, and her committee are planning a replete and exciting program, and we look forward to your group’s participation.

You are invited to propose up to two sessions. Please indicate any preference for scheduling (group meetings in the Pacific  Division take place in the evening) and please indicate which session is your top priority for scheduling, if you plan two. You may also indicate a topic for each session(s).

Since we use an electronic database to generate the program, we cannot schedule your program without *full* program information. It *must* include the following for each chair, speaker, and commentator on your program:

  •  name
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • paper title (where appropriate).
  •  The deadline for your program is October 14. Early submissions will get scheduling priority, all else being equal.

     Please send program information in the body of an email (*not* as an attachment) to support@apa-pacific.org and dom.lopes@ubc.ca.

     Further information is provided on the meeting web site at http://apa-pacific.org/groups/instructions.php.

     We look forward to seeing you next spring. 

    Best wishes,

    Dominic McIver Lopes


    APA Pacific Division


    Philosophy of Sport Blog

    Announcing a blog that launched in April 2008, called “Philosophy of Sport”?  Here’s the link: http://philosophyandsports.blogspot.com/

    The blog is dedicated to news and views related to the philosophical dimensions of sport, and is intended to help raise the profile of philosophy sport in the worldwide philosophical community. Apart from Mike Austin, the contributors include Heather Reid, Milan Hosta, Charlene Weaving, Douglas Hochstetler, and Mark Holowchak, with more to come.

    About IAPS

    Established in 1972 as the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport with its name changed in 1999. The purpose of the organization is to stimulate, encourage, and promote study, research, and writing in the philosophy of sporting (and related) activity; to demonstrate the relevance of philosophic thought concerning sport to matters of professional concern; to organize and conduct meetings concerning the philosophy of sport; to issue publications concerning the philosophy of sport; to support and to cooperate with local, national, and international organizations of similar purpose; to affiliate with national and international organizations of similar purpose; and to engender national, regional, and continental affiliates devoted to the philosophic study of sport.

    Executive Board:  International Association of Philosophy of Sport

    President:  Danny Rosenberg, Canada, danny.rosenberg@brocku.ca

    Secretary Treasurer: Douglas McLaughlin, USA, douglas.mclaughlin@csun.edu

    Journal Editor: John Russell, Canada, Jsrussell@shaw.ca

    Conference Chair:  Douglas Hochstetler, USA, dxh174@psu.edu

    Elections Chair:  Mike Austin, USA, Mike.Austin@EKU.EDU

    Members at Large:  Stephen Finn, USA, finns@seattleu.edu

    Heather Reid, USA, reid@morningside.edu

    Peter Hager, USA, phager@brockport.edu

    Takayuki Hata, JAPAN, hata@nagasaki-u.ac.jp

    Webmaster:  Emily Ryall,  eryall@glos.ac.uk

    Newsletter Editor:  Sharon Kay Stoll, USA, sstoll@uidaho.edu