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Ethics Bowl

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (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.

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.

2016-2017 Team

UNF Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jonathan Matheson

Team Members:

Lucy Berg

Matthew Ferguson

Cameron Garrett

Saad Ghanem

Nicole Llinas

Arthur Sams

2015 - 2016 Team

UNF Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jonathan Matheson

Team Members:

Justyn Benjamin

Matthew Ferguson

Katelyn Hallman

Arthur Sams

2014-2015 Team *

UNF Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jonathan Matheson

Team Members:

Joy Bagwell

Justyn Benjamin

Katelyn Hallman

Raymond Jack

Jackson Quick

Sean Rech

* This team ranked 14th at the National Competition.

2013 - 2014 Team *

UNF Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jonathan Matheson

Team Members:

James Arnold

Joy Bagwell

Rileigh Merritt-Dietz
Matthew Mollie

Sean Rech

Zachary Schlein
Vincent Terlizzi, Jr

* This team were national semi-finalists.

2012-2013 Team 

UNF Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jonathan Matheson

Team Members:

Ashraf Abdulhalim