The Whitworth “Philosoraptors” won the fourth annual Independent Colleges of Washington Ethics Bowl held at Seattle University on April 23 and 24. The team defeated Walla Walla University, Heritage University and Seattle Pacific University in preliminary rounds and defeated Seattle University in the semifinals and St. Martin’s University in the final round.
This is the third time in four years Whitworth has won this bowl. The bowl includes all 10 private schools in the state of Washington.
The team presented on a diverse array of ethical problems including the issues related astronauts having children while colonizing Mars, using robots to help care for the elderly, Tesla’s responsibility for automobile accidents while drivers were using its autopilot function, whether companies have obligations to keep their headquarters in the cities where the company was founded, and examining the practices of WikiLeaks.
The Philosoraptors include Kaitlin Barnes ’17 (English and philosophy), James Eccles ’17 (political science), Zack Halma ‘18 (biology), Ibrahim “Abe” Abukhieran ’18 (biology) and Geoff White ’18 (journalism). The team is coached by professor of communication studies Mike Ingram and professor of philosophy Keith Wyma.