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Chips and Showmanship: Running and Technology

Philosophy Department, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65809, USA
Philosophies 2019, 4(2), 30;
Received: 23 April 2019 / Revised: 10 May 2019 / Accepted: 1 June 2019 / Published: 5 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Philosophical Issues in Sport Science)
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A brief review and classification of technology in general begins the paper, followed by an application of the classification to two specific marathon case studies: the 2018 Boston marathon and the 2017 Nike Breaking2 Project marathon. Then concepts from an array of sport philosophers are discussed to suggest an explanation for why each of the case studies strikes us as problematic. The conclusion provides a reasonable explanation for our misgivings, as well as an indication of how we might evaluate sporting endeavors in the face of increasing technological innovation. View Full-Text
Keywords: technology; running; fairness; competition technology; running; fairness; competition
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