Explore ethical issues in sports, including the value of winning, violence in sports, and intercollegiate athletics and their impact on education.
Robert Simon is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where he has been a member of the faculty for nearly 50 years. An expert on ethics and social values in sports, Simon is the author of Fair Play (Westview Press 2015), which is in its fourth edition, and the new The Ethics of Sport: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2016). He is is a past president of the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport (now the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport) and was awarded the Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2004. A past Rockefeller Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, he also is a former Fellow of the National Humanities Center and of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
Simon holds a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at Hamilton and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. He has also published books and articles in several areas of political philosophy and ethics. From 1986 to 2000, Simon was also the successful coach of the Hamilton men’s golf team, during which time his team frequently was nationally and regionally ranked and which also competed in the1998 NCAA III National Championship.