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Ethics Bowl 2016-17!

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* Interested in presenting a paper at an UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE or publishing in an UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY JOURNAL? You should consider it! To see what options are available, both in state and out of state, click here.

PHILOSOPHY BOWLING RESULTS

• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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Ethics Bowl is sort of like debate. Teams from different schools present perspectives on contemporary moral problems, and they get points for being fair, responsible, and judicious. Students learn A LOT – about various interesting social problems, and also about presenting arguments and objections. More here.

If you think you might be interested in Ethics Bowl, send a note to me – charlie.huenemann(at)usu.edu. We’ll have an organizational meeting early in the fall, arrange for regular meeting times, and begin to prepare for the regional competition this fall! The top teams will go to the national competition in Dallas in February 2017.

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