Emily Ryall is a senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Gloucestershire. Her research interests lie in the philosophy and ethics of sport and play. She has written and spoken on many contemporary issues and problems in sport, including the effect of technology in sport, doping and drugs in sport, the ethics of sports coaching, and the notion of a science of sport.
She is the current Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association and also on the executive committee for the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. She is also on the editorial board for the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport.
As a keen sports-player, Emily played rugby at international level and for the Premiership teams of London Saracens and Bristol. She also played for one of the teams that re-enacted the Monty Python philosopher’s football match for The Philosophy Shop, a group which aims to bring philosophy into schools. She is currently writing an introductory book on the philosophy of sport due to be published in 2014 by Bloomsbury.
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