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Michael W. Austin
Eastern Kentucky University
Michael Austin
Memorial University of Newfoundland
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    Is Humility a Virtue in the Context of Sport?Michael W. Austin - 2014 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 31 (2):203-214.
    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 an athlete to achieve greater levels of (...)
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    The Failure of Biological Accounts of Parenthood.Michael W. Austin - 2004 - Journal of Value Inquiry 38 (4):499-510.
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    Sport as a Moral Practice: An Aristotelian Approach: Michael W. Austin.Michael W. Austin - 2013 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 73:29-43.
    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 behaviors in the private lives (...)
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  4. Parental Rights and Obligations.Michael W. Austin - 2013 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    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 […].
     
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    Why Winning Matters.Michael W. Austin - 2010 - Think 9 (26):99-102.
    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, (...)
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    Magnanimity, Athletic Excellence, and Performance-Enhancing Drugs.Michael W. Austin - 2009 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (1):46-53.
    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 excellence, has very (...)
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  7. Fundamental Interests and Parental Rights.Michael W. Austin - 2007 - International Philosophical Quarterly 47 (2):221-235.
    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 several issues related to public (...)
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    Coffee - Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate.Fritz Allhoff, Scott F. Parker & Michael W. Austin (eds.) - 2011 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Offering philosophical insights into the popular morning brew, _Coffee -- Philosophy for Everyone_ kick starts the day with an entertaining but critical discussion of the ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and culture of coffee. Matt Lounsbury of pioneering business Stumptown Coffee discusses just how good coffee can be Caffeine-related chapters cover the ethics of the coffee trade, the metaphysics of coffee and the centrality of the coffee house to the public sphere Includes a foreword by Donald Schoenholt, President at Gillies Coffee Company.
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    Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone: A Philosophical Tour de Force.Fritz Allhoff, Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza & Michael W. Austin (eds.) - 2010 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Covering interesting and varied philosophical terrain, _Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone_ explores in a fun but critical way the rich philosophical, cultural, and existential experiences that arise when two wheels are propelled by human energy. Incorporates or reflects the views of high-profile and notable past-professional cyclists and insiders such as Lennard Zinn, Scott Tinley, and Lance Armstrong Features contributions from the areas of cultural studies, kinesiology, literature, and political science as well as from philosophers Includes enlightening essays on the varieties (...)
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    Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone: The Dao of Daddy.Fritz Allhoff, Lon Nease & Michael W. Austin (eds.) - 2010 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone_ offers fathers wisdom and practical advice drawn from the annals of philosophy. Both thought-provoking and humorous, it provides a valuable starting and ending point for reflecting on this crucial role. Address the roles, experiences, ethics, and challenges of fatherhood from a philosophical perspective Includes essays on Confucius, Socrates, the experience of African fatherhood, and the perspective of two women writers Explores the changing role of fatherhood and investigates what it means to be a father An (...)
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    Aretism: An Ancient Sports Philosophy for the Modern World.Michael W. Austin - 2012 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 39 (2):321-324.
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    A Stoic Critique of Contemporary Sport.Michael W. Austin - 2020 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 47 (3):330-343.
    In this paper, I examine two contemporary models of sport, the Martial/Commercial Model and the Aesthetic/Recreational Model, from the perspective of Stoic philosophy. Drawing on the writ...
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    Contemporary Athletics and Ancient Greek Ideals By Daniel A. Dombrowski. Published 2009 by The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. (167 Pp.) ISBN 978-0-226-15546-3. [REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2010 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 37 (1):122-125.
  14. Contemporary Athletics and Ancient Greek Ideals.Michael W. Austin - 2010 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 37 (1):122-125.
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  15. Chasing Happiness Together : Running and Aristotle's Philosophy of Friendship.Michael W. Austin - 2007 - In Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind. Blackwell.
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    Christian Theism and Moral Philosophy.Michael W. Austin - 2001 - Philosophia Christi 3 (2):608-610.
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    David Archard and David Benatar , Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children. [REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2012 - Social Theory and Practice 38 (3):553-559.
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    Defending Humility: A Philosophical Sketch with Replies to Tara Smith and David Hume.Michael W. Austin - 2012 - Philosophia Christi 14 (2):461-472.
    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 (...)
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    God and the Reach of Reason: C. S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell.Michael W. Austin - 2010 - Philosophia Christi 12 (1):236-239.
  20. Humility and Human Flourishing: A Study in Analytic Moral Theology.Michael W. Austin - 2018 - Oxford University Press.
    Grounded in the canonical gospels and other New Testament passages, especially Philippians 2:1-11, this study offers an account of humility from a Christian perspective.
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    It is Ethical Intuitionism, and Not Another Thing: A Reply to Eggleston.Michael W. Austin - 2004 - Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (2):155-157.
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    Jesus and Philosophy. [REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2010 - Faith and Philosophy 27 (3):359-362.
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    Jesus and Philosophy: New Essays. [REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2010 - Faith and Philosophy 27 (3):359-362.
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    Moral Difficulties in Plantinga’s Model of Warranted Christian Belief.Michael W. Austin - 2005 - Philosophy and Theology 17 (1/2):121-132.
    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 posed by religious pluralism for the model. I (...)
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    On the Alleged Irrationality of Ethical Intuitionism: Are Ethical Intuitions Epistemically Suspect?Michael W. Austin - 2003 - Southwest Philosophy Review 19 (1):205-213.
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    Personal Virtues. [REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2007 - Teaching Philosophy 30 (3):327-329.
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    Personal Virtues: Introductory Essays, Ed. Clifford Williams. [REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2007 - Teaching Philosophy 30 (3):327-329.
  28. Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind.Michael W. Austin (ed.) - 2007 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    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 experience, and “Could a Zombie Run a Marathon?” Contributing essayists include (...)
     
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    Review of Norvin Richards, The Ethics of Parenthood[REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2010 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (11).
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    Sport for the Sake of the Soul.Michael W. Austin - 2018 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 12 (1):20-29.
    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, (...)
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    Sport Philosophy Now: The Culture of Sports After the Lance Armstrong Scandal. [REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2017 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 44 (2):281-284.
  32. The Doctrine of Theosis: A Transformational Union with Christ.Michael W. Austin - 2015 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 8 (2):172-186.
    The doctrine of theosis is receiving increased attention from contemporary evangelicals. In this paper, I explore theosis and its importance for our understanding and practice of the Christian moral and spiritual life. I discuss the connection between theosis and how we understand the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, and conclude with some practical applications related to this doctrine.
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  33. The Necessary Ground of Being.Michael W. Austin - 2011 - In Scott F. Parker & Michael W. Austin (eds.), Coffee - Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    The Story of Ethics. [REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2005 - Teaching Philosophy 28 (3):279-281.
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    The Story of Ethics: Fulfilling Our Human Nature. [REVIEW]Michael W. Austin - 2005 - Teaching Philosophy 28 (3):279-281.
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    Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe.Michael W. Austin - 2006 - Philosophia Christi 8 (1):183-185.
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    Do Children Have a Right to Play?Michael W. Austin - 2007 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 34 (2):135-146.
  38. Chalmers, David J. The Character of Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2010, 624 Pp. Cliteur, Paul. The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 328 Pp. Cochran, Molly. The Cambridge Companion to Dewey, Cambridge Uni. [REVIEW]Fred Evans, Allan Gotthelf, James G. Lennox, Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza, Michael W. Austin, Timothy O'Connor, Constantine Sandis, Graham Oppy, Michael Scott & Roland Pierik - 2011 - Metaphilosophy 42 (3):0026-1068.
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  39. Football and Philosophy: Going Deep.Michael W. Austin - 2008 - University Press of Kentucky.
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  40. Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life.R. Douglas Geivett & Michael W. Austin - 2013 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 6 (2):296-300.
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  41. Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone.Lon Nease, Michael W. Austin & Adrienne Burgess - 2010 - Wiley.
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  42. Divine Command Theory.Michael W. Austin - 2006 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
     
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