Ethics Bowl

The APPE Ethics Bowl combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with a valuable educational experience for undergraduate students. Recognized widely by educators, the Ethics Bowl has received special commendation for excellence and innovation from the American Philosophical Association, and received the 2006 American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documentation Center's 2006 prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. The format, rules, and procedures of the Ethics Bowl all have been developed to model widely acknowledged best methods of reasoning in practical and professional ethics.

On February 28, 2013, the top 32 scoring teams from ten regional ethics bowls competed at the national championship of the Ethics Bowl in San Antonio Texas at the twenty-first Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). The day-long competition ended in a a thrilling final match out of which the Depauw University team emerged as the final champion. If you are interested in competing in the 2013-2014 Ethics Bowl, please visit APPE's Ethics Bowl Competition page for more information. You can also view case studies used by past Ethics Bowl competitions by visiting the Case Archive.

In the Ethics Bowl, a moderator poses questions to teams of three to five students. Questions may concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics, such as the classroom (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.) Each team receives a set of ethical issues in advance of the competition, and questions posed to teams at the competition are taken from that set. A panel of judges evaluates answers; rating criteria are intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness.

For a number of years, IIT has sent an ethics bowl team to both the regional and national competitions. Any undergraduate student is welcome to join the team, you need not have taken any philosophy course. 

For more information about the Ethics Bowl, please visit the home page of the APPE Ethics Bowl maintained by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics or contact the chair of the Ethics Bowl Organizing Committee, Dr Richard Greene, email, (801) 626-6694.