Shawn Klein

Shawn Klein

Professor of Philosophy
Arizona State University

Dr. Shawn E. Klein is a philosopher specializing in ethics, popular culture, and the philosophy of sport. He edited Steve Jobs and Philosophy: For Those Who Think Different (Open Court, 2015) and Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts (Open Court, 2004). He is the editor of Studies in the Philosophy of Sport, a new book series from Lexington Books. He is co-editor for the journal Reason Papers. He has presented at numerous conferences on sports ethics, business ethics, pop culture and philosophy, and other topics.

Dr. Klein blogs as The Sports Ethicist at He also hosts a regular podcast, The Sports Ethics Show. He has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Bloomberg News, CNN, and other media outlets.

Blog Posts

The Surprising, Terrifying Truth About the World Anti-Doping Association

The use of performance-enhancing drugs is thought to violate the notions of fairness, honorable victory, and excellence that are at the heart of sport. Even if doping was not disallowed…

The Connection between Sport and Classical Liberalism

The connection between classical liberalism and sport is not immediately obvious. Sport, after all, is a near-universal human activity that long predates classical liberalism. Its practitioners and spectators come from…