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
John William is Lecturer in Sports Ethics and Integrity at Swansea University. He obtained a BA in Philosophy and Politics at University College Dublin, an MPhil in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (King’s College), and a DPhil in Political Theory at the University of Oxford (New College). He subsequently trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple. Prior to arriving at Swansea University, he held positions in the philosophy departments at the University of Birmingham, King’s College London, and Trinity College Dublin.
His research concerns political philosophy and the philosophy of sport. Within political philosophy, his work centres on ethics in public office, especially ethical questions that arise for political leaders within liberal democracies. He argues for the necessity to good government of leaders who possess specific ‘political virtues’.
Within the philosophy of sport, he works especially on sports ethics. He is particularly interested in questions concerning the nature and value of sport and the challenges posed to both by different forms of ‘enhancement’. He is exploring ethical questions around enhancement in a monograph provisionally titled Ethics, Excellence, and Enhancement in Sport, which is due to be published by Routledge in late 2020. He holds that, crucial to the ethics of enhancement, is whether a given enhancement undermines or advances the overriding purpose of sport as the display of ‘sporting excellence’.
John William has extensive public engagement experience, and his work has been featured on BBC Radio 4 (‘The Moral Maze’), BBC World Service, Cycling Weekly,The Forum for Philosophy, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner website, and the University of Oxford website (‘Oxford Debates’ series). He is an occasional contributor at The Conversation, and his articles on that platform can be viewed here.
John William is Vice-Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association and an Executive Council member of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport.