Dr. Mark Hamilton

Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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Mark Hamilton is associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985.  Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981.  He previously served as chair of the philosophy department for six years.  He has published numerous articles and chapters on sports ethics in books such as Baseball and Philosophy; The Image of God in the Human Body; Basketball and Philosophy; Football and Philosophy; Theology, Ethics and Transcendence; Poker and Philosophy; Ethics in Coaching Sports and his article on the morality of surgical enhancement for athletic performance has been widely disseminated and quoted.  He has presented papers at numerous International Conferences on Sports Ethics along with related journal articles.  Besides sports ethics, he has taught numerous courses in philosophy of religion, ancient philosophy, ethics, Christian thought, human nature and on C.S. Lewis, about whom he has also published.  Dr. Hamilton is active in the International Association of Philosophy of Sport, and in 2012 was the guest editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Sport and has been named to the editorial board of this journal.  He has separate masters’ degrees in philosophy, religion and counseling and a doctorate from Ashland Theological Seminary.  He received a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Wittenberg University where he also captained the baseball team.  Dr. Hamilton also co-pastors Providence Church and in 2007 he survived a liver transplant.  Hamilton has been married for over 30 years with two grown and married daughters and two grandchildren.

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