Peer-reviewed Articles

Agential Layering, the Absurd and the Grind in Game-Playing

This paper considers the concept of agential layering in that we can shift our attention between and from the games we are involved in. It also asks why we continue to play games when their absurdity becomes obvious and playing them becomes a ‘grind’.

Emily Ryall (2021) Agential Layering, the Absurd and the Grind in Game-Playing. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. DOI: 10.1080/00948705.2021.1948339

Playing sport playfully: on the playful attitude in sport

This paper provides a definition of what it is to play sport with a playful attitude and why it makes sport better.

Lukáš Mareša and Emily Ryall (2021) Playing Sport Playfully: On the Playful Attitude in Sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. DOI: 10.1080/00948705.2021.1934689

Philosophy of Sports in China: An overview

This paper provides an overview of the development of the philosophy of sport in China since the 1970s and demonstrates how there are four discrete periods.

Xiaolin Zhang , Aiguang Zhou & Emily Ryall (2020): Philosophy of Sports in China: An Overview of Its History and Academic Research, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, DOI:10.1080/17511321.2020.1801821

Philosophical Issues in Sport Science

This is a special issue of the journal Philosophies which brings together the leading and upcoming scholars in the area to consider philosophical issues in sport and exercise sciences, such as the underpinning values and assumptions in sport science, the use and development of technology, and what science is able to say on questions of ethics and fairness in sport.

Ryall, E. (2019) Introduction to Philosophical Issues in Sport Science. Philosophies, 4(4), 57;

Dispute Resolution, Legal Reasoning and Good Governance: learning lessons from appeals on selection in sport

This paper demonstrates the importance of legal norms and reasoning processes to the concept of good governance in sport.

Ryall, Emily S, Cooper, Jonathan and Ellis, Liz (2019) Dispute Resolution, Legal Reasoning and Good Governance: learning lessons from appeals on selection in sport. European Sport Management Quarterly. ISSN 1618-4742

Shame in Sport

This paper provides an analysis of the concept of shame and its relation to other similar emotions, consider its ethical function, and evaluate its effect upon elite athletes in sport.

Ryall, Emily S (2019) Shame in sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 46 (2). pp. 129-146. ISSN 0094-8705

Why Bariatric Weighted Suits (BWS) May Advance the Scientific Study of Weight Stigma

This article, co-authored with Claire Mills, is a response to a letter in the journal Obesity which argued that BWS have no place in science. We argued that it can provide a useful tool that gives some indication of the physiological and biomechanic differences experienced when obese.

Mills, C. and Ryall, E. (2018) Obesity. 26(12): 1825-1825. DOI: 10.1002/oby.22340

Evaluating Violent Conduct in Sport: A Hierarchy of Vice

In this article, co-authored with Paul Davis, we outline how violence actions in sport are often perceived differently to other transgressions.

Davis, P., and Ryall, E. (2017) Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. 11(2): 201-218. DOI: 10.1080/17511321.2017.1286377

Good Games and Penalty Shoot-outs

This is part of a special issue in Sport, Ethics and Philosophy on the aesthetics of football and seeks to argue that football is inherently a better game than golf.

Ryall, E. (2015) Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. 9(2): 205-213. DOI:10.1080/17511321.2015.1020854

Why Teamwork is Not a Virtue – A Response to Gaffney

This paper seeks to provide a response to Gaffney’s analysis of teamwork by arguing that teamwork is morally neutral rather than a virtue in itself. This conclusion will be supported by examples which demonstrate how teamwork can develop and foster undesirable traits and practices such as resentment, contempt and the purely instrumental use of others in the achievement of desired ends.

Ryall, E. (2014) Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 41(1): 57-62. DOI:10.1080/00948705.2014.961163

Are There Any Good Arguments Against Goal Line Technology?

Each of FIFA’s eight arguments against the implementation of goal-line technology in football are evaluated in turn in order to assess their merits.

Ryall, E. (2012) Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. 6 (4), p439-450.

Banned On The Run

Invited contributor to The Philosopher’s Magazine for their special issue on the philosophy of sport.

Ryall, E. (2012) The Philosopher’s Magazine. 58: 90-94.

The Social Construction of Mental Toughness: A Fascistoid Ideology?

This is a critique of the concept of mental toughness and considers the ideology and rhetoric behind it.

Caddick, N. and Ryall, E. (2012) Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 39 (1) 137-154.

Humans, Athletes and Cyborgs: Where Next for Sport?

Ryall, E. (2011) Bulletin of Sport and Culture. 35: 7-9.

Being-on-the-bench: An Existential Analysis of the Substitute in Sport

This paper considers the role of the substitute in sport from an Existential perspective with a focus upon ‘Bad Faith’ and ‘Authenticity’.

Ryall, E. (2008) Sport, Ethics & Philosophy. 2(1) 56-70.

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The Language of Genetic Technology

This paper argues that the language that the media uses in discussing the topic of genetic technology affects the ethical judgments that we consequently make.

Ryall, E. (2008) Continuum. 22(3) 363-374.

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