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Welcome to the Ethics Bowl Symposium!

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The Symposium hosts a number of "courses", some of which are resources for Ethics Bowl preparation, while others are online hubs for the Summer Workshop Series and the Ethics Writing Competition. Most courses require enrollment keys, which you will receive either from your team leader or from us for the courses you are allowed to enroll in. You can find all available courses on the home page and all courses you're currently enrolled in on the "My courses" page above. You must first register before joining any courses. For any questions, please feel free to contact us at

A quote from the renowned American philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine

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Debating teams are promoted in schools as a spur to effective language and incisive thought. They serve that purpose, but only by setting the goal of persuasion above the goal of truth. The debater’s strength lies not in intellectual curiosity nor in amenability to rational persuasion by others, but in his skill in defending a preconception come what may. ––W.V.O. Quine, Quiddities: An Intermittently Philosophical Dictionary, 183, quoted in Kyle Robertson, "Debating Democarcy: Building Argument Programs for Good Citizenship," in The Ethics Bowl Way, 11-8.

Available courses

A forum for the ten Ethics Bowl cases from the 2022 National Case Set. Submit your Ethics Memos here and win the 2022 Ethics Bowl China Prize for Excellence in Ethics Writing!

This section contains zoom links and resources of all workshop sessions during the summer. All readings should be done before each workshop session.

Official documents now available for download are listed here. Please make sure to read them carefully and finish all before our workshop series starts as they provide a basic understanding of the program.

This is a curated list of recommended though optional resources to better prepare your team for the Ethics Bowl. This list will be updated routinely. 

This course, shared by the NHSEB, draws on John Corvino’s “Better Argument” video series to lay out some common rhetorical and logical moves, mistakes, and things to watch out for when considering and crafting moral arguments.

In this course curated by the (US) National High School Ethics Bowl and rearranged by the Ethics Bowl China, you’ll learn about some crucial concepts and distinctions that are useful for thinking about ethical problems and arguments. These short, accessible videos provide some great conceptual tools for analyzing Ethics Bowl cases.

This is a collection of resources to help you start your own Ethics Bowl club at your school! The Ethics Bowl Case Archive, alternative frameworks, advice from coaches, teaching materials, and more!

An online hub for Ethics Bowl judges. Official documents and additional resources for judges are uploaded here.