Dr John William Devine
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 513311
Room: Academic Office - A115
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

John William is a member of A-Stem's Elite and Professional Sport group.

  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple)
  • D.Phil - University of Oxford
  • M.Phil - University of Cambridge
  • BA - University College Dublin

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Sport
  • Applied Ethics


  1. Gender, Steroids, and Fairness in Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 1-9.
  2. & Beyond ‘crude pragmatism’ in sports coaching: Insights from C.S. Peirce, William James, and John Dewey: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching 12(1), 35-37.
  3. & The English Legal System. In Patrick Davey, Anna Rathmell, Michael Dunn, Charles Foster, Helen Salisbury (Ed.), Medical Ethics, Law and Communication at a Glance. (pp. 13-15). Wiley.


  • SR-368 Sport Integrity, Ethics and Policy

    This module examines the role of ethics in assessing the rationality of practice, policy, and governance in sport. The module will help students to develop a deeper understanding of the ethical dimensions of practical decisionmaking in sport and the philosophical foundations that underlie these ethical debates. Students will come to appreciate the significance of ethics in various sporting contexts, and they will develop their understanding of what constitutes a rationally defensible ethical approach to sport.

  • SRE700 Ethical theory, sports ethics and integrity

    This module develops an understanding of the need for ethical theory in sports ethics and of the role that the theories of deontology, consequentialism, rights theory and virtue ethics play within the organization of sport, and in the experience of sporting competitions. Students will come to appreciate the often hidden role that ethical theory plays in critical argumentation about key ethical issues in sports and sport integrity.


  • A Conceptual Analysis of 'Sport Integrity' and the Duty of Care Owed to Athletes by Sports Organisations (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Mcnamee