Call for Papers | JPS Special Issue on the “Sport Philosophy of JS Russell”

Journal of the Philosophy of Sport  

Call for Papers

Special Issue: The Sport Philosophy of J.S. Russell

Editor – Paul Gaffney

For over twenty-five years, John Russell has been one of the most original and influential voices in the philosophy of sport. His work is noteworthy not only for its continuing impact but also for its range of interests. He has contributed seminal explorations in many areas, notably in his work on sport-law, broad internalism, cheating, the moral virtues of sport, and a reconsideration of Suits’ Utopia, to name but a few. This Special Issue will give commentators an opportunity to offer fresh assessments of these important contributions. Topics may include (but will not be limited to):

Russell’s pioneering work in sport-law philosophy

Broad internalism as a theory of sport

The continuity thesis and separation thesis

Resilience and striving in sport as its cardinal virtues 

The play principle in sport as in part a challenge to moral and perfectionist elements in sport

Moral development and sport

The ethics of strategic fouling

The value and role of dangerous sports, including for children

Performance enhancing drugs as a collective action and harm reduction problem

The concept of cheating in sports

The notion of idleness and the critique of Suits’ account of Utopia

Moral realism and sport

Those interested in contributing to the special issue, please send abstracts (300-500 words) by email to Paul Gaffney ( The subject line should include: “JPS Special Issue on JS Russell”

Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 1, 2024

Selection of articles for inclusion (based on abstracts): June 1, 2024

Deadline for Submission of draft manuscripts: November 1, 2024

Comments back to authors: January 1, 2025

Deadline for submission of final manuscripts: March 1, 2025

Publication: July 2025