Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Each fall, the Undergraduate Ethics Bowl Club puts together a team to compete in an intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

About Ethics Bowl

2022 UA Philosophy Ethics Bowl team

2022 UA Philosophy Ethics Bowl team

Ethics Bowl offers a debate format distinct from the traditional pros/cons, black/white, or apples/oranges debates. In Ethics Bowl, there are no “assigned” positions for us to defend. Instead, we work together as a team to come up with positions that make the best sense to us, and construct reasoned arguments to make our best cases for them.

As Ethics Bowlers, our goal is not to annihilate our opponents, but to engage in reflective conversations with our friends and opposing teams.

Past topics include school strike for climate, vaccine patents, police violence, civil disobedience, LGBTQ+ rights, bodily autonomy, criminal justice, and many more.

Ethics Bowl is a wonderful opportunity to engage with your peers outside of the classroom, to dig deep into the complexities of pressing social and moral issues, and most importantly, to think critically for yourself.

The University of Arizona Ethics Bowl Team participates in the Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl held in November.

Getting Involved

2022 UA Philosophy Ethics Bowl team in action

2022 UA Philosophy Ethics Bowl team in action

We hold interest meetings for prospective members at the beginning of the fall semester. Members are expected to work with each other to research cases, attend all practices, and be available for the competition weekend. There is no fee associated with participation. Travel and lodging will be covered.

If you’re interested in joining our team or learning more, please don’t be afraid to reach out to our coach, Ding (they/she), at