The Shanghai Interscholastic Ethics Bowl (SIEB) is a competitive yet collaborative event in which students engage in philosophical debates on real-life ethical dilemmas. It differs from a traditional debate in that the central goal of this competition is to demonstrate the breadth and depth of thinking, rather than to overwhelm or dominate the opposing team. The SIEB is more than teaching students how to analyze ethical cases: It is to teach them how to think and discuss these issues in a civic community, where they become fellow citizens of social responsibilities. Data shows that this event teaches and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for multiple points of view. The SIEB is the very first Ethics Bowl in China and we aim at supporting Ethics Bowl events throughout the country!
New to Ethics Bowl? Don't worry! Every team participating in the SIEB will join intensive online courses. We will discuss moral theories, ethical case analysis, and some tips and tricks in the Ethics Bowl. There will also be adequate materials for students to get fully prepared.
Philosophy enthusiasts, debate champions, curious thinkers... No matter who you are, you are bound to find someone who shares your passions and interests in the Ethics Bowl!
Our judges are graduates of top universities in the US. They majored in different fields, which provides very diverse backgrounds for ethical discussions. There will be three judges in every single match to ensure its fairness and quality.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
31 states, 40 regionals, and 5000 students each year
No.2 High School of East China Normal University
15 schools and 300 students in the first year
Ethical debates may be new to students here in China, but we all understand very well that as fellow citizens in this prosperous and democratic society, we have the indisputable responsibilities to become students who care deeply on our society and well-being of our people. The Ethics Bowl provides a platform for open and free discussions, just as the public debate of Socrates, the "public sphere" of philosopher Jürgen Habermas, and the age of Lincoln and Douglas.
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