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The ethics of gambling: guidelines for players and commercial providers


Black, R and Ramsay, H, The ethics of gambling: guidelines for players and commercial providers, International Gambling Studies, 3, (2) pp. 199-215. ISSN 1445-9795 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1356347032000142298


Current academic and popular debate on gambling rarely focuses on the ethics of gambling, but concentrates on narrower questions of social impact. This article suggests a philosophical foundation for the ethical provision of gambling services. It argues from a moral realist base while paying close attention to the concrete facts of present policy and practice. The article identifies certain objectively good reasons for gambling. Having established gambling is not wrong per se, it advances generic principles that gamblers and gambling providers should follow in order to act ethically. From these generic principles are derived applied principles from which, in turn, operational norms for actual gambling businesses can be articulated. The article concludes that gambling can be offered and chosen in ethically acceptable ways, but that this will require a major shift in self-conception by the gambling industry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Business ethics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Business ethics
UTAS Author:Black, R (Professor Rufus Black)
ID Code:125298
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Vice-Chancellors Office
Deposited On:2018-04-12
Last Modified:2018-05-04

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