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Talk on Lance Armstrong and cheating to be given by Longwood ethics specialist April 17

April 15, 2014

Dr. Eric Moore
Dr. Eric Moore

A talk on "Why Lance Armstrong Didn’t Cheat: Sports Ethics and the Tour de France" will be given Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Longwood University’s Hiner Auditorium by a Longwood faculty member who specializes in ethics.

Dr. Eric Moore, associate professor of philosophy, will argue that the use of performance-enhancing drugs by the seven-time Tour de France winner didn’t amount to cheating, and thus he shouldn’t have been stripped of any of his titles. The talk is free and open to the public.

Moore will defend his argument by examining the history and culture of doping at the Tour de France, as well as by a philosophical analysis of what constitutes the rules of a sport, how they come into existence and how they are maintained.

"My claim can be colloquially presented as the idea that, ‘It isn’t cheating if everyone is doing it,’" said Moore, who has a keen interest in endurance sports and has followed cycling since 1986.

Moore’s talk, the Spring Faculty Colloquium, is similar to a paper he presented in September 2013 at the 41st annual meeting of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport.

For more information, call Dr. John Miller at 434-395-2161.