The Intellectual Standard


In its sophomore season of competition, Illinois Wesleyan's Eth­ics Bowl team qualified for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl hosted in San Antonio, Texas on February 28. In spite of technical difficulties and flight delays, the team returned to campus having won the first annual Spirit of the Ethics Bowl award, an honor recognizing sportsmanship which was voted on by opposing teams. Ethics bowl competition centers around a set of cases featuring ethical dilemmas and quandaries published by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. It is structured so that a presenting team has ten minutes to answer a question regarding anyone case, noting relevant ethical theories and examples; then an opposing team has five minutes to respond to the presenters' answer; the presenting team has another five minutes to address the opposition's response; and finally a panel of three judges has ten minutes to ask additional questions to the presenting team. This year's national competition addressed ethical cases ranging from the DREAM Act and exotic animal hunting to copyright in­fringement and climate geoengineering. This essay will address the case and question of climate geoengineering, including some of the ideas men­tioned in the opposing team, University of California, Santa Cruz's presen­tation' in IWU's rebuttal, and ideas not brought up during the competi­tion.