Introduction to Ethics Bowl

Mon, Feb 17

In this class we will introduce the Spring 2020 GGL Midterm Project -- The Ethics Bowl.

By the end of class:

  1. You will practice constructing an ethics bowl case.
  2. You will understand what is expected for our ethics bowl midterm assignment.
  3. You will reflect on the importance of both truth and community in pursuing philosophy.

Read This:

PHILOSOPHICAL TEXT:

The Educational Significance of Ethics Bowl (Ladenson)

APPLICATION TEXT:

Are School Debate Competitions Bad for Our Political Discourse? (NYTimes)

Do This:

Complete the following reflection questions in your GGL Journal:

  1. How does Frankfurt distinguish the difference between truth, lies and bullshit?  Are the sophists bullshitters?  Why or why not?
  2. When, if ever, would it be okay to bullshit in giving an ethics bowl case?  Why?

Watch This: