Ethics Youth Council: How Do We Know What We Know?

In our second Ethics Youth Council podcast, Bonnie Liu, co-captain of the 2017-2018 Ann Arbor Greenhills School Ethics Bowl team, talks with Aria Falcone, captain and founder of the Washtenaw International High School (WIHI) Ethics Bowl team. Bonnie and Aria discuss the process of founding an Ethics Bowl team at WIHI, and what goes into running a team, from coordination and communication to crafting team bonding activities. They also delve into several big ethical questions drawn from their academic experiences, including a discussion of epistemology and a look at virtue vs. consequentionalist ethics in the case of activist organizations.

In the podcast, Aria discusses a class at WIHI that examines the issue of epistemology, and how an individual knows what they know, explaining several different ways people derive understanding and meaning from complicated ideas. Bonnie and Aria go back and forth on several applications of those concepts, pulling in student-written cases on the equity of standardized testing, and the activities of the Weather Underground, an activist group that used property damage as part of its efforts, and asking whether there is a sole or good answer to the ethical dilemmas that each presents.

Stay tuned for future Ethics Youth Council podcasts to hear more from the talented high school students involved in Ethics Bowl and in creating new activities related to ethics and philosophy in Michigan high schools.