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Ethics Bowl

Invented in 1993, by Emeritus Professor Robert Ladenson, CSEP has been involved in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition since the beginning and invites interested students to join our team! 

The team meets every Thursday during the semester from 12:50-1:30 in the Cherry Conference Room in Galvin Library. Feel free to stop by, or email us a for more information. Only undergraduate students are allowed to compete in the offical competition, but we welcome everyone to our meetings who is interested in lively debate and discussion.

About the Competition

The Intercollegiate 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.

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 more information about the Ethics Bowl, please visit the home page of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl or contact the chair of the Ethics Bowl Organizing Committee, Dr Richard Greene, email, (801) 626-6694.