Ethics Bowl Team


 Members of the Ethics Bowl team

Caption: Members of the 2012-2013 Ethics bowl team, left to right are: Dan Searles, Aaron Fiorucci, Melissa Montenegro, Lucien Pino, Stacey Chang, Mallory Hughes, Nick Becker, Rita Manning, Riley King, June Brown, Kevin York, Will (furensic support) and Dean Dominguez

The Philosophy Department at San Jose State has sponsored an Ethics Bowl team for the past sixteen years. The Ethics Bowl is a national program sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, which is a group composed of academics and professionals from a wide variety of fields. (See their web site: APPE ) Each year the national competition hosts approximately 40 student teams from colleges around the country. Modeled on television's College Bowl, the Ethics Bowl requires students to analyze difficult ethical problems drawn from practical and professional contexts.

This past year's cases included cases in Business Ethics, Legal Ethics, International Law, Health Care Ethics, Ethics in Education, and Ethics in Policing. Students present and defend their solutions to these problems in response to questions asked by judges in a format that closely resembles a debate. They compete with other schools from around the country and are judged on their understanding of the issues, the cogency of their solutions, and the strength of their oral presentations. Participation in the Ethics Bowl will enhance your educational experience as you develop research skills, skills in philosophical, political and legal analysis, and communication skills.  If you are interested, contact Professor Manning at