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Intercollegiate 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.

2019-2020 Ethics Bowl Team 

UNF Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jonathan Matheson

Team Members:

           Savannah (Flower) Hughes  

           Benjamin Beatson  

          Trent Gautney         

          Valerie Joly             

          Stephen Huchins    

          Jamie Lang              


      

Statements from Past Ethics Bowl Participants

 

“Ultimately, my undergraduate experience would have been detrimentally different if I had not had the opportunity to participate in the UNF Ethics Bowl Team. As a student, the experience allows you to develop analytical and presentation skills. As a person, it allows you to grow into a mature, ethically-driven adult. The UNF Ethics Bowl Team is not a fleeting line on an undergraduate resume. It has a lifelong impact on those that participate.”

 

                     

                   Bradley Beall (2012 – 2013) 

 

 

Ethics Bowl was an especially important aspect of my academic and professional development because it showed me how to apply complex philosophical concepts to solve everyday problems, expanded my breadth of philosophical understanding, and allowed me to practice my public speaking, presentation, and written and oral persuasion skills.” 


                     

               Joy Bagwell (2014 – 2015)

 

“Participating in Ethics Bowl isn’t only great on an academic and professional level—it’s also helpful on a personal level. Participating in Ethics Bowl creates a sense of community among the participants, it boosts confidence, and can be a medium for personal growth. Over two years later, I’m still friends with my Ethics Bowl colleagues from my first year and Ethics Bowl has been a way to help me overcome my social anxiety.” 

 

                      
                     Kat Rivers (2015 – 2016)       

 

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