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William Morgan PhD

William Morgan PhD

Professor Emeritus of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Biography

William Morgan received his PhD in 1977 from the University of Minnesota with a major concentration in philosophy. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and two major books as well as edited and co-edited several published anthologies. He has also presented numerous scholarly papers to national and international conferences. In 2006 his book, Why Sports Morally Matter, was runner-up for the best book award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. In 1994 he was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Association of the Philosophy of Sport, elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Kinesiology and was one of 10 winners of the Chancellor’s Research Award at the University of Tennessee. In 1988 he was awarded a Senior Fulbright Research Award to conduct research at the University of Marburg in what was then West Germany.

Research Interests

Dr. Morgan’s major research interests are focused on ethics, critical theory and political theory. Most of his work has been devoted to the study of popular culture, especially contemporary sports and the Olympic Games. He is also currently at work on a number of papers that deal specifically with occupational science.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Philosophy
1976 | University of Minnesota

Master of Science (MS) in Philosophy
1971 | University of Massachusetts Amherst

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Education
1969 | Lock Haven University

Publications

2018

Books

Morgan, W. J. (Ed.) (2018). Ethics in sport (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Full text

2017

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (2017). [Review of the book Questioning play: What play can tell us about human life, by H. Eichberg]. International Journal of Play, 6(2), 235-240. https://doi.org/10.1080/21594937.2017.1334323

2016

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2016). The normativity of sport: A historicist take on broad internalism. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 43(1), 27-39. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2015.1112240 Show abstract

2015

Books

McNamee, M., & Morgan, W. J. (Eds.) (2015). Routledge handbook of the philosophy of sport. New York, NY: Routledge. Full text Show abstract

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (2015). Conventionalism and sport. In M. McNamee & W. J. Morgan (Eds.), Routledge handbook of the philosophy of sport (pp. 35-52). New York, NY: Routledge. Full text

McNamee, M., & Morgan, W. J. (2015). A historical introduction to the philosophy of sport. In M. McNamee & W. J. Morgan (Eds.), Routledge handbook of the philosophy of sport (pp. 1-8). New York, NY: Routledge. Full text

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2015). Sport, Habermas, and the moral sphere: A response to Lopez Frias. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 9(3), 287-302. https://doi.org/10.1080/17511321.2015.1094821 Show abstract

2013

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (2013). Interpretivism, conventionalism, and the ethical coach. In R. L. Simon (Ed.), The ethics of coaching sports: Moral, social, and legal issues (pp. 61-78). Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Full text

2012

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (2012). Agent internalism, practice internalism, and sport. In In praise of harmony: A Festschrift for Robert Osterhoudt.

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2012). The academic reform of intercollegiate athletics: The good, the problematic, and the truly worrisome. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 5(1), 90-97. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.5.1.90 Show abstract

Morgan, W. J. (2012). Broad internalism, deep conventions, moral entrepreneurs, and sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 39(1), 65-100. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2012.675069 Show abstract

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (2012). [Review of the book All things shining: Reading the Western classics to find meaning in a secular age, by H. Dreyfus & S. Kelly]. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 39(2), 325-331. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2012.725906

2011

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2011). In praise of athletic and cultural mongrelization. Quest, 63(1), 152-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2011.10483673

2010

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2010). Bullshitters, markets, and the privatization of public discourse about sports. American Behavioral Scientist, 53(11), 1574-1589. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764210368086 Show abstract

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (2010). [Review of the book Sport as a form of human fulfillment: An organic philosophy of sport history, by R. G. Osterhoudt]. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 37(1), 126-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2010.9714771

2009

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2009). Athletic perfection, performance-enhancing drugs, and the treatment-enhancement distinction. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 36(2), 162-181. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2009.9714755 Show abstract

2008

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2008). Some further words on Suits on play. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 35(2), 120-141. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2008.9714734 Show abstract

Morgan, W. J. (2008). Markets and intercollegiate sports: An unholy alliance? Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 1(1), 59-65. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.1.1.59 Show abstract

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Morgan, W. J. (2008). Liars, bullshitters, and the privitization of public discourse about sports. WCP 2008 Proceedings [Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy], 47, 11-17. https://doi.org/10.5840/wcp22200847215 Show abstract

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (2008). [Review of the book The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the age of genetic engineering, by M. J. Sandel]. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 1, 284-288. Full text

2007

Books

Morgan, W. J. (Ed.) (2007). Ethics in sport (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (2007). Why the 'view from nowhere' gets us nowhere in our moral considerations of sport. In W. J. Morgan (Ed.), Ethics in sport (2nd ed., pp. 85-102). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Full text

Hoberman, J., & Morgan, W. J. (2007). Listening to steroids. In W. J. Morgan (Ed.), Ethics in sport (2nd ed., pp. 235-244). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Full text

Morgan, W. J. (2007). Preface, Introduction, and Section Introductions. In W. J. Morgan (Ed.), Ethics in sport (2nd ed., pp. xi-xxxvii, 1-8, 103-108, 229-234, 299-302, 359-364). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Full text

Morgan, W. J. (2007). Fair is fair, or is it?: A moral examination of the performance-enhancing drug wars in American sports. In A. J. Schneider & F. Hong (Eds.), Doping in sport [Global ethical issues] (pp. 1-22). New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2007). Caring, final ends, and sports. Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy, 1(1), 7-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/17511320601142944 Show abstract

2006

Books

Morgan, W. J. (2006). Why sports morally matter. New York, NY: Routledge. Full text

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (2006). Philosophy and physical education. In D. Kirk, D. Macdonald, & M. O'Sullivan (Eds.), Handbook of research in physical education (pp. 97-108). London, UK: Sage. Full text

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2006). Fair is fair, or is it?: A moral consideration of the doping wars in American sport. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 9(2), 177-198. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430430500491256 Show abstract

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (2006). [Review of the book Genetic technology and sport, edited by C. Tamburrini & T. Tännsjö]. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 33(2), 215-217. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2006.9714703

2004

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (2004). Baseball and the search for an American moral identity. In E. Bronson (Ed.), Baseball and philosophy: Thinking outside the batter's box (pp. 157-168). Chicago, IL: Open Court Press. Full text

Morgan, W. J. (2004). Habermas and sport: Social theory from a moral perspective. In R. Giulianotti (Ed.), Sport and modern social theorists (pp. 173-186). London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. Full text

Morgan, W. J. (2004). How not to solve an ethical problem in sport. In S. Loland & V. Moe (Eds.), Movement/on the move: A Festschrift to Gunnar Brievik on his sixtieth birthday (pp. 73-85). Norway: Gylendahl.

Morgan, W. J. (2004). Welche ethische Betrachtungsweise eignet sich fur den Sport? In C. Pawlenka (Ed.), Sportethik: Regeln-FairneB-Doping (pp. 213-222). Paderborn, Germany: Mentis Verlag.

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2004). Moral antirealism, internalism, and sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 31(2), 161-183. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2004.9714658 Show abstract

2002

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (2002). Sport in the larger scheme of things. In M. A. Holowchak (Ed.), Philosophy of sport: Critical readings, crucial reasons (pp. 476-483). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Full text

Morgan, W. J. (2002). Sports and the making of national identities: A moral view. In M. A. Holowchak (Ed.), Philosophy of sport: Critical readings, crucial reasons (pp. 494-513). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Full text

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2002). Social criticism as moral criticism: A Habermasian take on sports. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 26(3), 281-299. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193723502263005 Show abstract

Other Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2002, January). Patriotism revisited. The Philosopher’s Magazine, 17, 49-50. Full text

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (2002). [Review of the book Fair play in sport: A moral norm system, edited by S. Loland]. Sport, Education and Society, 7(2), 231-233. https://doi.org/10.1080/1357332022000018878

Morgan, W. J. (2002). [Review of the book Globalization and sport: Playing the world, by T. Miller, G. Lawrence, J. McKay, & D. Rowe]. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 5(1), 122-125. https://doi.org/10.1177/13675494020050010608

2001

Books

Morgan, W. J. (Ed.) (2001). Ethics in sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (2001). Patriotic sports and the moral making of nations. In W. J. Morgan (Ed.), Ethics in sport (pp. 370-392). Champaign, Il: Human Kinetics.

2000

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (2000). Change and its discontents. In R. Wisniewski (Ed.), Reforming a college: The University of Tennessee story (pp. 103-112). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Morgan, W. J. (2000). Sports as the moral discourse of nations. In T. Tännsjö & C. Tamburrini (Eds.), Values in sports: Elitism, nationalism, gender equality and the scientific manufacturing of winners (pp. 59-73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Morgan, W. J. (2000). The moral permissibility of using drugs in sports. In R. A. Mertzman (Ed.), Voices in sports and society (pp. 215-216, 232-236). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Morgan, W. J. (2000). The philosophy of sport: A historical and conceptual overview and a conjecture regarding its future. In J. Coakley & E. Dunning (Eds.), The handbook of sport studies (pp. 204-212). London, UK: Sage. Full text

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (2000). Are sports more so private or public practices? A critical look at some recent Rortian interpretations of sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 27(1), 17-34. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2000.9714587

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (2000). [Review of the book On nationality, by D. Miller]. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 78(2), 294-296. https://doi.org/10.1080/00048400012349581

1999

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1999). Patriotic sports and the moral making of nations. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 26(1), 50-67. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1999.9714578

1998

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (1998). Multinational sport and literary practices and their communities: The moral salience of cultural narratives. In M. J. McNamee & S. J. Parry (Eds.), Ethics and sport (pp. 184-204). London, UK: EFN Spon Publishers.

Morgan, W. J. (1998). Hassiba Boulmerka and Islamic green: International sports, cultural differences, and their postmodern interpretation. In G. Rail (Ed.), Sport and postmodern times (pp. 345-365). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. Full text

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1998). Ethnocentrism and the social criticism of sports: A response to Roberts. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 25(1), 82-102. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1998.9714571

1997

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (1997). Philosophy of sport. In D. Levinson & K. Christensen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of world sport: From ancient times to the present (pp. 740-742). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press.

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1997). Sports and the making of national identities: A moral view. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 24(1), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1997.9714536

Morgan, W. J. (1997). Yet another critical look at hegemony theory: A response to Ingham and Beamish. Sociology of Sport Journal, 14, 187-195. Full text Show abstract

1996

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1996). Circular theories, ‘strong evaluation,’ and sports: A response to Booth. Sporting Traditions, 12(2), 115-123.

1995

Books

Morgan, W. J., & Meier, K. V. (Eds.) (1995). Philosophic inquiry in sport (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (1995). Introductions and Summaries. In W. J. Morgan & K. V. Meier (Eds.), Philosophic inquiry in sport (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Morgan, W. J. (1995). The logical incompatibility thesis and rules: A reconsideration of formalism as an account of games. In W. J. Morgan & K. V. Meier (Eds.), Philosophic inquiry in sport (2nd ed., pp. 50-63). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1995). Cosmopolitanism, Olympism, and nationalism: A critical interpretation of Coubertin's ideal of international sporting life. Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies, 4, 79-92. Full text

Morgan, W. J. (1995). 'Incredulity toward metanarratives' and normative suicide: A critique of postmodernist drift in critical sport theory. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 30(1), 25-44. https://doi.org/10.1177/101269029503000102 Show abstract

1994

Books

Morgan, W. J. (1994). Leftist theories of sport: A critique and reconstruction. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. Full text

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1994). Hegemony theory, social domination, and sport: The MacAloon and Hargreaves-Tomlinson debate revisited [Comment]. Sociology of Sport Journal, 11, 309-329. Full text Show abstract

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Morgan, W. J. (1994). Coubertin's theory of Olympic internationalism: A critical reinterpretation [Paper presented at the Second International Symposium for Olympic Research, London (ON), Canada]. In R. K. Barney & K. V. Meier (Eds.), Critical reflections on Olympic ideology (pp. 10-25). London (ON), Canada: Centre for Olympic Studies, University of Western Ontario.

1993

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (1993). An existential phenomenological analysis of sport as a religious experience. In C. S. Prebish (Ed.), Religion and sport: The meeting of sacred and profane (pp. 119-149). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Full text

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1993). Work, play, and utopia: Marx's realms of necessity and freedom revisited. Journal of Play Theory and Research, 1(2), 117-140. Show abstract

Morgan, W. J. (1993). Amateurism and professionalism as moral languages: In search of a moral image for sport. Quest, 45(4), 470-493. https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.1993.10484101 Show abstract

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Morgan, W. J. (1993). Can a liberal theory of sport be a critical one? [Paper presented at the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport, Berlin]. In G. Gebauer (Ed.), Die aktualität der sportphilosophie (The relevance of the philosophy of sport) (pp. 63-87). Sankt Augustine, Germany: Academic Verlag. Full text

1992

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (1992). [Review of the book Mortal engines: The science of performance and the dehumanization of sport, by J. M. Hoberman]. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 19(1), 101-106. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1992.9714498

1991

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1991). Lasch on sport and the culture of narcissism: A critical reappraisal. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 18(1), 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1991.9714482

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (1991). [Review of the book The philosophy of sport: An overview, by R. G. Osterhoudt]. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 18(1), 86-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1991.9714488

1990

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Morgan, W. J. (1990). Thinking along with Rorty about disciplines as cultural traditions [Paper presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Physical Education, New Orleans, LA]. In R. J. Park & H. M. Eckert (Eds.), New possibilities, new paradigms: American Academy of Physical Education papers (pp. 130-137). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (1990). [Review of the book Popular cultures and political practices, edited by R. Gruneau]. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 17(1), 51-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1990.9714478

1989

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1989). The impurity of reason: A reflection on the social critique of the philosophy of sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 15(1), 69-90. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1988.9714462

1988

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1988). Adorno on sport: The case of the fractured dialectic. Theory and Society, 17(6), 813-838. Full text Show abstract

1987

Books

Morgan, W. J., & Meier, K. V. (Eds.) (1987). Philosophic inquiry in sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J., & Meier, K. V. (1987). Introductions and bibliographies. In W. J. Morgan & K. V. Meier (Eds.), Philosophic inquiry in sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Morgan, W. J. (1987). Play, utopia, and dystopia: A prologue to a ludic theory of the state. In W. J. Morgan & K. V. Meier (Eds.), Philosophic inquiry in sport (pp. 419-430). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1987). The logical incompatibility thesis and rules: A reconsideration of formalism as an account of games. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 14(1), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1987.9714447

1986

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1986). Labor, sport, and critical theory: A response to Beamish [Comment]. Sociology of Sport Journal, 3, 68-81. Full text

1985

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1985). Chance, skill, and sport: A critical comment [Review of the article In praise of chance: A philosophical analysis of the element of chance in sports, by F. De Wachter]. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 12(1), 62-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1985.9714429

Morgan, W. J. (1985). 'Radical' social theory of sport: A critique and a conceptual emendation. Sociology of Sport Journal, 2, 56-71. Full text Show abstract

1983

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1983). Social philosophy of sport: A critical interpretation. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 10(1), 33-51. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1983.9714399

Morgan, W. J. (1983). Toward a critical theory of sport. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 7(1), 24-34. https://doi.org/10.1177/019372358300700103 Show abstract

1982

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1982). Play, utopia and dystopia: Prologue to a Ludic theory of the state. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 9(1), 30-42. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1982.9714385

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Morgan, W. J. (1982). On sponsorship and rights in sport. In Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport Symposium (pp. 35-38). Buffalo, NY: Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport.

Reviews

Morgan, W. J. (1982). [Review of the book Sport and work, by B. Rigauer translated by A. Guttmann]. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 9(1), 78-83. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1982.9714390

1981

Books

Morgan, W. J. (Ed.) (1981). Sport and the humanities: A collection of original essays. Knoxville, TN: Bureau of Educational Research and Service, University of Tennessee.

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (1981). Olympism and sporting life: A socio-cultural critique. In J. Seagrave & D. Chu (Eds.), Olympism (pp. 333-346). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

1980

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (1980). Play and technology: Some preliminary musings. In Sport and the humanities: A collection of original essays (pp. 28-30). Knoxville, TN: Bureau of Educational Research and Service, University of Tennessee.

1979

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (1979). An analysis of the futural modality of sport. In E. W. Gerber & W. J. Morgan (Eds.), Sport and the body: A philosophical symposium (pp. 108-117). Philadelphia, PA: Lea & Febiger.

Morgan, W. J. (1979). Some Aristotelian notes on the attempt to define sport. In E. W. Gerber & W. J. Morgan (Eds.), Sport and the body: A philosophical symposium (pp. 53-68). Philadelphia, PA: Lea & Febiger.

1978

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1978). The lived time dimensions of sportive training. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 5(1), 11-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1978.10654137

Morgan, W. J. (1978). Preliminary discourse concerning sport and time. Journal of Sport Behavior, 1, 139-146. Show abstract

1977

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1977). Some Aristotelian notes on the attempt to define sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 4(1), 15-35. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1977.10654125

Morgan, W. J. (1977). The role and significance of the philosophy of sport in the physical education curriculum. Minnesota Journal for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, 6, 25-27.

1976

Journal Articles

Morgan, W. J. (1976). An analysis of the 'futural' modality of sport. Man and World: An International Philosophical Review, 9(4), 418-434. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01249007

Morgan, W. J. (1976). An analysis of the Sartrean ethic of ambiguity as the moral ground for the conduct of sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 3(1), 82-96. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1976.10654116

Morgan, W. J. (1976). On the path towards an ontology of sport. Journal of Philosophy of Sport, 3(1), 23-34. https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.1976.10654111

1973

Book Chapters

Morgan, W. J. (1973). An existential phenomenological analysis of sport as a religious experience. In R. G. Osterhoudt (Ed.), The philosophy of sport: A collection of original essays (pp. 78-107). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.