I joined the Open University in 1998, as Staff Tutor and Lecturer in Philosophy in the South East Region. I've written on my major teaching topic: political philosophy, from Level One (on Cultural Exemptions) to the MA in Philosophy which I now co-chair with Derek Matravers. So my main area of teaching is political philosophy: political obligation, distributive and global justice, and I maintain an interest in Marx and Aristotle who were the topic of my doctoral dissertation and first book. I'm very interested in rules, and breaking them, and in difficult actions, and failing at them. This has lead me to an interest in the philosophy of sport, which is now my main research focus.
My main research interest is in the Philosophy of Sport. I am the Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. I'm interested in Doping and anti-Doping, in what - if anything - gives sport its value, and in how far a sport can change and still remain the same sport. I'm working on a monograph against conventionalism, and for a version of Aristotelianism as an account of sport.
See Open Research Online for details of my most recent publications.
Armstrong was a Cheat: A Reply to Eric Moore (2019)
Pike, Jon and Cordell, Sean
Sports, Ethics and Philosophy ((Early Access))
Action theory and the value of sport (2019)
Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 46(1) (pp. 14-29)
Therapeutic Use Exemptions and the Doctrine of Double Effect (2018)
Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 45(1) (pp. 66-82)
Political Philosophy A-Z (2007-07)
ISBN : 9780748622696 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh
From Aristotle to Marx: Aristotelianism in Marxist Social Ontology (1999-04-28)
Avebury Series in Philosophy
ISBN : 1840143096 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : London
Doping, "Mechanical Doping" and Local Essentialism in the Individuation of Sports (2018)
In: Morgan, William J. ed. Ethics in Sport: Third Edition (pp. 321-335)
ISBN : 9781492556763 | Publisher : Human Kinetics | Published : Champaign, Illinois
Geras on means and ends: the case for a prefigurative constraint (2012-06)
In: Thinking towards Humanity: Themes from Norman Geras (pp. 133-149)
ISBN : 978-0-7190-8087-6 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK