•  179
    Divine command theory
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2006.
  •  103
    Fundamental interests and parental rights
    International Philosophical Quarterly 47 (2): 221-235. 2007.
    I argue for a moderate view of the justification and the extent of the moral rights of parents that avoids the extremes of both children’s liberationism and parental absolutism. I claim that parents have rights qua parents, and that these prima facie rights are grounded in certain fundamental interests that both parents and children possess, namely, psychological well-being, intimate relationships, and the freedom to pursue that which brings satisfaction and meaning to life. I also examine sever…Read more
  •  99
    Magnanimity, athletic excellence, and performance-enhancing drugs
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (1): 46-53. 2009.
    abstract In this paper, I first develop a neo-Aristotelian account of the virtue of magnanimity. I then apply this virtue to ethical issues that arise in sport, and argue that the magnanimous athlete will rightly use sport to foster her own moral development. I also address how the magnanimous athlete responds to the moral challenges present in sport by focusing on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, and conclude that athletic excellence as it is conventionally understood, without moral ex…Read more
  •  92
    The failure of biological accounts of parenthood
    Journal of Value Inquiry 38 (4): 499-510. 2004.
  •  68
    Sport as a Moral Practice: An Aristotelian Approach: Michael W. Austin
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 73 29-43. 2013.
    Sport builds character. If this is true, why is there a consistent stream of news detailing the bad behavior of athletes? We are bombarded with accounts of elite athletes using banned performance-enhancing substances, putting individual glory ahead of the excellence of the team, engaging in disrespectful and even violent behavior towards opponents, and seeking victory above all else. We are also given a steady diet of more salacious stories that include various embarrassing, immoral, and illegal…Read more
  •  68
    Why winning matters
    Think 9 (26): 99-102. 2010.
    Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing. Vince Lombardi The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well. The Olympic Creed These two statements reflect two very different approaches to sport. The Lombardi quote reflects the view that we should take a win-at-all-costs approach. By contrast, the Olympic Creed include…Read more
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    Moral Difficulties in Plantinga’s Model of Warranted Christian Belief
    Philosophy and Theology 17 (1/2): 121-132. 2005.
    Alvin Plantinga, in Warranted Christian Belief, offers a model for the rationality of a particular version of Christian theistic belief. After briefly summarizing Plantinga’s model, I argue that there are significant moral difficulties present within it. The Christian believer who gives assent to Plantinga’s model is vulnerable tocharges of irrationality and/or immorality when one considers the role and effects of original sin in the model. Similar difficulties arise when one considers a problem…Read more
  •  47
    Parental Rights and Obligations
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2013.
    Rights and Obligations of Parents Historically, philosophers have had relatively little to say about the family. This is somewhat surprising, given the pervasive presence and influence of the family upon both individuals and social life. Most philosophers who have addressed issues related to the parent-child relationship—Kant and Aristotle, for example—have done so in a fairly […]
  •  37
    The Story of Ethics (review)
    Teaching Philosophy 28 (3): 279-281. 2005.
  •  30
    Is Humility a Virtue in the Context of Sport?
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 31 (2): 203-214. 2014.
    I define humility as a virtue that includes both proper self-assessment and a self-lowering other-centeredness. I then argue that humility, so understood, is a virtue in the context of sport, for several reasons. Humility is a component of sportspersonship, deters egoism in sport, fuels athletic aspiration and risk-taking, fosters athletic forms of self-knowledge, decreases the likelihood of an athlete seeking to strongly humiliate her opponents or be weakly humiliated by them, and can motivate …Read more
  •  27
    Do Children Have a Right to Play?
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 34 (2): 135-146. 2007.
    No abstract
  •  26
    The Second-Person Perspective in Aquinas's Ethics (review)
    Philosophical Quarterly 64 (256): 507-509. 2014.
  •  25
    Personal Virtues: Introductory Essays, ed. Clifford Williams (review)
    Teaching Philosophy 30 (3): 327-329. 2007.
  •  25
    Jesus and Philosophy (review)
    Faith and Philosophy 27 (3): 359-362. 2010.
  •  25
    Personal Virtues (review)
    Teaching Philosophy 30 (3): 327-329. 2007.
  •  18
    In this philosophical note I first offer a brief sketch of a Christian conception of humility. Next, I consider two criticisms of the claim that humility is a virtue, one from David Hume and a second from contemporary philosopher Tara Smith. What follows in this note is not a comprehensive defense of the claim that humility is a virtue. However, if humility is not a virtue, it will be for reasons other than those proffered by Hume and Smith, as their criticisms fail on philosophical and empirica…Read more
  •  17
    Sport philosophy now: the culture of sports after the Lance Armstrong scandal (review)
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 44 (2): 281-284. 2017.
  •  16
    Aretism: An Ancient Sports Philosophy for the Modern World
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 39 (2): 321-324. 2012.
    No abstract
  •  14
    Why Winning Matters
    Think 9 (26): 99-102. 2010.
    Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing. Vince Lombardi The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.
  •  13
    Sport for the Sake of the Soul
    Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 12 (1): 20-29. 2018.
    The relationship between Christianity and sport is a long and varied one. Christian thinkers, past and present, have been highly critical of sport, for a variety of reasons. Others have been much more positive, and extol the virtues of sport. In this paper, I argue that sport is a context in which the Christian theological virtues of faith, hope, and love can be cultivated and displayed. One significant worry about this claim is that using sport to cultivate these theological virtues, it is in s…Read more
  •  13
    Review of Norvin Richards, The Ethics of Parenthood (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (11). 2010.
  •  10
    Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2007.
    A unique anthology of essays exploring the philosophical wisdom runners contemplate when out for a run. It features writings from some of America’s leading philosophers, including Martha Nussbaum, Charles Taliaferro, and J.P. Moreland. A first-of-its-kind collection of essays exploring those gems of philosophical wisdom runners contemplate when out for a run Topics considered include running and the philosophy of friendship; the freedom of the long distance runner; running as aesthetic experienc…Read more
  •  8
    Christian Theism and Moral Philosophy
    Philosophia Christi 3 (2): 608-610. 2001.
  •  5
    The Story of Ethics: Fulfilling Our Human Nature (review)
    Teaching Philosophy 28 (3): 279-281. 2005.
  •  4
    Jesus and Philosophy: New Essays (review)
    Faith and Philosophy 27 (3): 359-362. 2010.