[SydPhil] 2024 AAPAE Ethics Olympiad for Tertiary Students

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Sat Feb 17 15:56:59 AEDT 2024

Congratulations to ANU who took out the gold medal at the first AAPAE Ethics Olympiad in October last year. Macquarie University took out the silver medal. 
The President of the AAPAE Dr Hugh Breakey recently wrote...
"The Ethics Olympiads show that if people are put into structures that reward constructive argument rather than outrage, they can become models of exemplary argument."
Dr Breakey also writes:"For those unfamiliar with the event, the Ethics Olympiad brings together teams of three to five ethics athletes (‘eth-letes!’) from different universities (with some universities fielding two teams). In each heat, a team is asked to consider an ethical question arising in a case study. The teams are supplied with a document detailing the many case studies beforehand, which they have studied and discussed. In the heat, one of those case studies is used, and the team is presented with a previously undisclosed ethical question about that case. The team-members must develop an answer to the question, and then provide ethical arguments supporting that answer. Then, the other team fashions a reply, and a structured discussion and question-and-answer period ensues.
The teams are scored according to set criteria which reward clear, concise, respectful discourse. At the end of the day, scores are collated, and teams are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals based on the scores. All participants receive a certificate with the winning teams getting medals. The Ethics Olympiad aims to provide participants with a unique and rewarding experience as they engage with other tertiary students from throughout Australasia in a format that promotes civil, critical and collaborative discourse.
Having watched and judged the last two Tertiary Olympiads, the thing that I love about the Ethics Olympiads is now respectful the deliberation is, and how much this impacts on the discussion’s philosophical quality. When students know that they will be scored on responding thoughtfully and sensitively—rather than aggressively and dismissively—to other students’ arguments, they demonstrate impressive capabilities to listen carefully and respond fairly to others’ views. From surveying the quality of arguments in social media, political debate, and most opinion writing in major presses, it’s easy to get the impression that arguing well is a lost art. Too often, arguments are riven with straw person fallacies, ad hominem, rampant confirmation bias, and rhetorical point-scoring...." 
The 2024 AAPAE Ethics Olympiad will be held on October 10th, 2024

If you would like to pass this invitation on to colleagues, please feel free. Here is a link with more information and a registration point. Please note that there is a maximum of two teams from each university allowed to enter. 
2024 AAPAE Tertiary Ethics Olympiad – Ethics Olympiad

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Click here for an article about the Ethics Olympiad in a recent edition of the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling.

Click here for an article about the Ethics Olympiad in the latest edition of the American Philosophical Association Education Journal.

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