Prof. Jim Parry

Office Hours

by agreement, please e-mail,

Fri 13:00 - 14:00

Information for students

Possibility for Ph.D. supervision in philosophy and ethics of PE and sport.

See more at: Ph.D. courses website.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Sport

  • Philosophy of Education

  • Applied Ethics

  • Social and Political Philosophy



  • The Olympic Games Explained (Routledge, 2005, 272 pp. – joint with V Girginov)

  • Chinese edition 1 translated by Leo Hsu, with additional material by Hsu & CTOC (Taipei, Taiwan: Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, 2005)

  • Chinese edition 2 translated by Leo Hsu, with additional material by Xiao Ming (Beijing, China: PR China Olympic Committee, 2006)

  • Japanese Edition translated and with additional material by Naofumi Masumoto (Tokyo, 2007)

  • Slovenian Edition translated and with additional material by Milan Hosta (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2008)

  • Spanish Edition translated and with additional material by Jose Rosario (Maracaibo,Venezuela, 2009)

  • Arabic Edition translated and with additional material by Khaled Hammouda (Alexandria, Egypt, 2010)

  • Portuguese edition translated and with additional material by Alberto Reppold & Otavio Tovares (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2010 forthcoming)

  • Spirituality and Sport (Routledge 2007, 280 pp. – joint with S Robinson, M Nesti, and N Watson)

  • Olympic Values and Ethics (Ghent, Belgium: University of Ghent Press, 2012 – joint with S Brownell) ISBN 978-94-6197-064-0

Edited Books

  • (edited, joint with MJ McNamee) Ethics and Sport (Routledge, 1998, 220 pp.) Chinese edition translated by Leo Hsu (Taipei, Taiwan: Lucky Books, 2004)

  • (edited, joint with Nesti M, and Watson N) Theology, Ethics and Transcendence in Sport (Routledge 2010, 237 pp.)

  • (edited, joint with I Martinkova) Phenomenological Approaches to Sport (Routledge, 2012, 179 pp.)

  • (edited, joint with MJ McNamee) Olympic Ethics and Philosophy (Routledge, 2012, 206 pp.)

Chapters in Monographs

  • The Concept of Excellence in Sport (NATFHE PE Section: In The Pursuit of Excellence in Sport and Physical Education, Oxon: Fardon House, 1978, pp. 6-18)

  • Values in Physical Education (in Tomlinson P and Quinton M, eds Values Across the Curriculum, Falmer Press, 1986, pp. 134-157)

  • The PE Curriculum from 5-16 (in Wiegand P and Rayner M, eds, Curriculum Progress, Falmer Press, 1988, pp. 235-251)

  • The Concept of Leisure (in S Parker, ed, Work, Leisure & Lifestyles Leisure Studs Assoc 1989 Part 1, pp. 1-17)

  • Notes o­n the Concept of Health (in J Long, ed, Leisure, Health and Well-being, Leisure Studies Association 1989, pp. 1-10)

  • Aggression and Violence in Sport (in McNamee & Parry, eds, Ethics and Sport, Routledge, 1998, pp. 205-224).

  • Reprinted in Holowchak A (ed) Philosophy of Sport: Critical Readings (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002 )

  • The Justification of Physical Education (in K Green & K Hardman, eds, 1998, Physical Education – a reader, Meyer & Meyer, pp. 36-68)

  • Olympism for the 21st Century (in Macura D and Hosta M, eds, 2003, Philosophy of Sport, Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, pp. 93-98)

  • Versions reprinted in:

  • Proceedings of the 3rd National Congress o­n Olympism and Sports Culture, University of Ulusal, Bursa, Turkey, May 2003. Keynote paper, pp. 1-6.

  • Olympism and Olympic Education Special Edition of World Sport, 3, 2003, pp. 14-17 Belarus Olympic Committee, Minsk, Belarus.

  • Olympism: the Olympic Idea in modern society and sport. Stuttgart: German Olympic Committee/Paul Schurrle, 2004, pp. 9-10

  • Doping and Sports Ethics. (In Hsu L, ed, Philosophy of Sport and Education Taiwan, GS Books, 2005, pp. 161-182. ISBN 986-80734-6-4)

  • Must scientists think philosophically about science? (in McNamee M, ed, Philosophies of Sport, Health and Exercise, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 22-33)

  • Children in sport: ethical issues (in Vanden Auweele Y, ed, Ethics and Youth Sport Leuven: LannooCampus, 2006, pp. 103-116)

  • The Intentional Infliction of Pain in Sport, in Loland S, Skirstad B, and Waddington I, eds, Pain and Injury in Sport – social and ethical perspectives (Routledge, 2006, pp. 144-161)

  • Sport, Ethos and Education (in Parry J, et al: Spirituality and Sport, Routledge 2007, pp. 186-200)

  • The ‘Religio Athletae’, Olympism and Peace (in Parry J, et al: Spirituality and Sport, Routledge 2007, pp. 201-214)

  • Ethics in Youth Sport in the UK – the example of the Football Association Ethics Strategy Group. (in Aledda A, ed, Ethics and Sport, Youth and Managers, Milan: FrancoAngeli, 2008, pp. 40-52)

  • Coaching and the Limits of Performance Enhancement (in Jones C and Hardman A: Coaching Ethics, Routledge 2010, pp. 165-184 – joint with I Martinkova)

  • Zen, Movement and Sports (in Parry J et al, eds, Theology, Ethics and Transcendence in Sport. Routledge 2011, pp. 211-222 – joint with I Martinkova)

Journal Articles

  • The Kinaesthetic Sense (Research Papers in Physical Education, 2, 1976, pp. 15-18)

  • Physical Education Under Threat (British Journal of Physical Education, 6, Nov/Dec 1987, pp. 243-4)

  • Political Education in Flux (Journal of Moral Education, 13, 1, 1984, pp. 65-7)

  • Philosophy and Sport Science (Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica L'Aquila, Italy, 5,1, 1986, pp. 203-220)

  • Olympic Education and Higher Education (British Journal of Physical Education, 1 Jan/Feb, 1988, pp. 6f)

  • Physical Education, Justification and the National Curriculum (Physical Education Review, 11, 2, 1988, pp. 106-118)

  • Hegemony and Sport (Journal of Philosophy of Sport, X, 1984, pp. 71-83). Reprinted in Morgan WJ and Meier KV, eds, Philosophic Enquiry in Sport Human Kinetics, 1988, pp. 431-442)

  • Sport, Art and the Aesthetic (Sport Science Review, 12, 1989, pp. 15-20)

  • Values In Physical Education (Scottish Journal of Physical Education, 17, 2, June 1989, pp. 3-4)

  • Olympic Philosophy and Olympic Education (British Journal of Physical Education, Summer 1992, pp. 22-25)

  • Reid o­n Knowledge and Justification in Physical Education (European Physical Education Review, 4, 1, 1998, pp. 70-74)

  • Physical Education as Olympic Education (European Physical Education Review, 4, 2, 1998, pp. 153-167)

  • Olympic Education and Technology (Olympic Review, XXVII - 37, Feb-March 2001, pp. 23-26 - joint with V Girginov and J Harris)

  • Sport for All and Public Health (Journal of Asiania Sport for All, 6, 1, 2005, pp. 1-15)

  • The Idea of the Record (Sport in History, 26, 2, August 2006, pp. 197-214)

  • Doping in the UK (Sport in Society, 9, 2, April 2006, pp. 269-296). Reprinted as Alain and Dwain, Rio and Greg – not guilty? in Sheridan H, ed, Sporting Reflections: some philosophical perspectives, Meyer & Meyer, 2006, pp. 59-92. Also partially reprinted as Alain Baxter: Inocente? in Tojal JB and Barbosa AP, eds, A Ética e a Bioética Bela Horizonte: Casa da Educação Física, 2006, pp. 81-90)

  • Sport and Olympism: Universals and Multiculturalism (Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 33, 2006, pp. 188-204). Also published as: Sport, Universals and Multiculturalism (in Muller A, ed, Concepts of Culture: art, politics and society. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, pp. 267-290)

  • The double instrumentality of sport (Studies in Physical Culture and Tourism, 2011, 18, 1, pp. 25-32. ISSN 0867-1079 – joint with I Martinkova)

  • Challenges for the youth olympic games, summer and winter (ACC Journal, 2011, XVII, 2, pp. 165-173. ISSN 1803-9782 – joint with S Lucidarme)

  • Two Ways of Conceiving Time in Sports (Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucensis. Gymnica, 2011, 41, 1, pp. 23-31 – joint with I Martinkova)

  • An Introduction to the Phenomenological Study of Sport (Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2011, 5, 3, pp. 185-201. ISSN 1751-1321 – joint with I Martinkova)

  • Sports Supplements: Strategies and Policies. (Swedish Journal of Sport Research, 1, 2012, pp. 83-106. ISSN 0284-4672 – joint with I Martinkova)

  • Olympic Education and the Youth Olympic Games. (Acta Universitatis Carolinae - Kinanthropologica, 48, 1, 2012, pp. 90-98. ISSN 1212-1428)

  • Olympic Ethics and Philosophy: old wine in new bottles (Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 6, 2, 2012, pp. 103-107 – joint with M McNamee)

  • The Youth Olympic Games – some ethical issues (Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 6, 2, 2012, pp. 138-154)

  • The Power of Sport in Peace-making and Peacekeeping (Sport in Society, 2012, 15, 6, pp. 775-787) Also published in Spaaij R and Burleson C, The Olympic Movement and the Sport of Peacemaking London: Routledge, 2012.

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