In this book I present an updated, systematic and critical interpretation of what I consider to be the key concept in the ethics of competition: fair play. Many people have inspired and helped me in the process of writing it. Thanks are due to:
|• the many competitors I have met in various sports over the years, who have taught me most of what I know about both fair and foul play; |
|• Mike McNamee and Jim Parry, editors of the series of which this book is a part. Their comments on content and language have helped me articulate and clarify whatever sound philosophical points the book may contain; |
|• Gunnar Breivik, my colleague and friend, for many good comments and interesting discussions over the last fifteen years; |
|• Jon Wetlesen, philosopher at the University of Oslo, who first encouraged me to start working with ethics in sport and from whom I have learnt a lot; |
|• my other colleagues, and students, at the Norwegian University for Sport and Physical Education, for providing an excellent working (and playing) environment in which topics of fair play are often discussed; |
|• The Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport, now The International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, for being an arena for serious and enjoyable discussions of sport philosophical issues. |
Last but not least, there are people who mean much more to me than words can express. My 1989 doctoral dissertation on fair play, from which this book is developed, was dedicated to my mother and father who I consider to be ultimate fair players of life. I dedicate this work to my wife Nina and my children Vilde and Vetle who fill my life with value and joy. Without them, neither work nor sport would have much meaning at all.
In spite of having been inspired and helped in many ways by many people, the content of the book is, of course, my responsibility alone.
Oslo, March 2001