Research course

The philosophy of sport

Institution
Open University · Department of Philosophy
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

MA (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Open University is one of the few places internationally that can offer supervisory expertise in the philosophy of sport and games within a philosophy department. Several members of staff have interests in this area; Professor Chappell has published on glory-seeking and sport, and both Dr. Barber and Dr. Cordell have interests in sporting role morality and other areas. Dr. Pike is Vice-Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association, and publishes on the philosophy of sport generally, doping and anti-doping ethics, naturalistic accounts of sport, and on Paralympic ethics. He regularly writes reviews for the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, and for Sports, Ethics and Philosophy. The leading postgraduate prize in this area – The Scott Kretchmar Prize of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport – has been won by a student from the department for the last two years.

The Philosophy discipline welcomes applications for graduate work in the philosophy of sports and games. Research and research students are at the heart of the discipline. In joining us, you would join a lively and friendly graduate community. The discipline hosts papers by visiting speakers throughout the year, and an annual graduate conference at which students give papers on their work in progress.

Please consult the Philosophy discipline website for details of applications for funded PhD places under the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England (CHASE) scheme. We will also consider applications outside this scheme. Details of how to apply can be found on the website.

Potential research projects

  • Ethics of Doping and anti-Doping
  • Bernard Suits
  • Philosophy of Sport: analytical, normative, and political aspects
  • Morality of Sporting Roles

Current/recent research projects

  • Bernard Suits and the Utopian Politics of Gaming

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Name
Discipline Convener
Email
FASS-Philosophy-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 654472