The Philosoraptors win national Ethics Bowl tournament!

Whitworth’s Ethics Bowl team, the Philosoraptors, won the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 2019. The bowl was held at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in Baltimore, MD.     

This is the team’s third national title in the past eight years. 

Whitworth went undefeated across the bowl. The team bested the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Missouri State University, defending national champion Santa Clara University, and Rollins College (FL).  The Philosoraptors defeated two other previous national champions, Clemson University in the semifinals and the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the final round. 

A total of 36 teams attended the bowl including Arizona State University, Oklahoma State University, Seattle University, Villanova University and Yale University. 

Team members include philosophy and theology major Eric Anderson ’21, mathematical economics major Jacob Dunning ’19, political science major Jacob Farrell ’19, biophysics major Maia Ketteridge ’21, and communication studies and English major Rylee Walter ’19.   The team is coached by Mike Ingram (Communication Studies) and Keith Wyma (Philosophy) and Rebecca Korf ’15 (Communication Studies).

The team prepared to analyze 15 different cases written by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.  The cases covered a wide range of topics including using robots for sex, the use of CRISPER 9 gene editing, whether to provide humanitarian aid to the North Korea government who might divert the aid away from those in need, using social media to post pictures and “out” those attending political rallies, and the dearth of prominent movie roles for older actresses. 

This was the 9th time in 11 years Whitworth qualified for nationals. Whitworth was the first Christian college and first small liberal arts college to win the national bowl.     

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