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Dr Jon Pike

MA (Oxford) PhD (Glasgow)

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Jon Pike joined the Open University in 1998, as Staff Tutor and Lecturer in Philosophy in the South East Region. He has written on his major teaching topic: political philosophy, from level one (on Cultural Exemptions) to the MA in Philosophy which he now co-chair with Derek Matravers. Within political philosophy, Pike has written about political obligation, distributive and global justice, and he maintains an interest in both Marx and Aristotle who were the topic of his doctoral dissertation and first book. But he is also very interested in rules, and breaking them, and in difficult actions, and failing at them.  This has lead him to an interest in the philosophy of sport, which is now his main research focus.  In this capacty he has worked with the World Anti-Doping Agency, UK Anti-Doping and the International Olympic Committee. 


Research interests

His main research interest is in the Philosophy of Sport. Pike is the current Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. He is 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.  He is working on a monograph against conventionalism, and for a version of essentialism as an account of sport.

See Open Research Online for details of his most recent publications.


The International Olympic Committee framework on fairness, inclusion and nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex variations does not protect fairness for female athletes (2024)
Lundberg, Tommy R.; Tucker, Ross; McGawley, Kerry; Williams, Alun G.; Millet, Grégoire P.; Sandbakk, Øyvind; Howatson, Glyn; Brown, Gregory A.; Carlson, Lara A.; Chantler, Sarah; Chen, Mark A.; Heffernan, Shane M.; Heron, Neil; Kirk, Christopher; Murphy, Marie H.; Pollock, Noel; Pringle, Jamie; Richardson, Andrew; Santos‐Concejero, Jordan; Stebbings, Georgina K.; Christiansen, Ask Vest; Phillips, Stuart M.; Devine, Cathy; Jones, Carwyn; Pike, Jon and Hilton, Emma N.
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 34, Article e14581(3)

Why ‘Meaningful Competition’ is not fair competition (2023)
Pike, Jon
Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 50(1) (pp. 1-17)

[Book Review] Sport and Moral Conflict by William J. Morgan (2023)
Pike, Jon
Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 50(1) (pp. 148-153)

Sport, games, and the fluidity of agency (2021-11)
Pike, Jon
Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 48(3) (pp. 392-402)

Safety, fairness, and inclusion: transgender athletes and the essence of Rugby (2021)
Pike, Jon
Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 48(2) (pp. 155-168)

Armstrong was a Cheat: A Reply to Eric Moore (2019)
Pike, Jon and Cordell, Sean
Sports, Ethics and Philosophy, 14(2) (pp. 247-263)

Action theory and the value of sport (2019)
Pike, Jon
Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 46(1) (pp. 14-29)

Therapeutic Use Exemptions and the Doctrine of Double Effect (2018)
Pike, Jon
Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 45(1) (pp. 66-82)

Political Philosophy A-Z (2007-07)
Pike, Jon
ISBN : 9780748622696 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh

From Aristotle to Marx: Aristotelianism in Marxist Social Ontology (1999-04-28)
Pike, Jonathan
Avebury Series in Philosophy
ISBN : 1840143096 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : London

Doping, "Mechanical Doping" and Local Essentialism in the Individuation of Sports (2018)
Pike, Jon
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)
Pike, Jon
In: Thinking towards Humanity: Themes from Norman Geras (pp. 133-149)
ISBN : 978-0-7190-8087-6 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK

Debates in Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology (2002-12-12)
Matravers, Derek and Pike, Jon eds.
ISBN : 978-0415302111 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London