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Philadelphia Ethics Bowl!


The Philadelphia Ethics Bowl will take place on Saturday, February 8th, 2019 on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. As part of the National High School Ethics Bowl competition, this event features teams from our region.  We are recruiting teams!

  • What: The First Annual Philadelphia Regional High School Ethics Bowl
  • When: Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Where: The University of Pennsylvania
  • Who: Teams from schools throughout the city!

Here’s more information about the event and how to participate:

The National High School Ethics Bowl is an annual competition in which teams of high school students engage in critical thinking and dialogue about ethical issues. Each fall a set of ethical case studies is released, which serve as the focus for the year. Teams meet regularly with a coach to research the cases, discuss the central ethical dimensions of each, and decide how those issues would best be addressed and presented. Teams are rewarded in the competition for their depth of thought and ability to think critically about the issues in the cases. Unlike a debate competition, the ethics bowl is focused on collaboration, with opposing teams working together to gain a better understanding of the ideas and questions each case raises. As such, teams are expected to engage with and strengthen one another’s ideas, rather than argue from adversarial positions.  Following regional bowl competitions, winners have the opportunity to compete in the national competition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

WE ARE RECRUITING TEAMS! If you are interested in forming a team, and would like more information please email

The Philadelphia Ethics Bowl is strongly committed to making this event accessible for all schools and students. Financial assistance for registration fees and transit for students and teachers to and from the competition is available on an as-needed basis. The University of Pennsylvania may also be able to provide coaching help from graduate and undergraduate students who are enthusiastic about philosophy and the ethics bowl, and who would visit your school to assist with the team. The ethics bowl is an amazing event which without exception proves to be a fulfilling and enriching experience for all who participate. We sincerely hope that you will consider joining us for our inaugural year!

Teacher Coordinators please register your teams here.

Follow This Link to a fantastic 3 minute video about the bowl .You can access the set of cases that will be used for our competition here.  A comprehensive outline of the rules and guidelines for the Ethics Bowl competition can be found here.  Much more information is available at the website for the National High School Ethics Bowl here.

Dustin Webster, Karen Detlefsen, Sigal Ben-Porath

The Philadelphia High School Ethics Bowl Team