LSE Philosophy hosted the regional Ethics Cup competition! Around 120 secondary school pupils battled it out to qualify for the final in St Andrews taking place on 23 May.

LSE Philosophy was happy to host this year’s Ethics Cup, which took place on 23 February 2024. The Ethics Cup is a tournament in which teams of school students consider a range of ethical questions. The tagline is ‘For a More Civil Debate’. The tournament is designed to reward not the ability to win an argument, but rather to thoughtfully advance debates on ethical issues of public concern. Since 2020, it has grown from a single stage competition with 10-15 high schools, to a two-stage competition with over a hundred schools competing across the UK to qualify for the national final in St. Andrews.

This is the first year that LSE has taken over the regional competition from King’s College. Many members of the LSE Philosophy department have been involved – notably Lea Bourguignon who led the project with the help of Vibha Honasoge, and many others as judges, timekeepers and helpers. It was a great showcase for the study of philosophy at university level, and the teams competing really impressed the judges with their ideas and thoughtful discussion. We hope to see many of them back at the LSE as students some day!

Many congratulations to the very well-deserved winners and runners-up, Bentley Wood and Woodhouse College (respectively) and to all the excellent teams taking part.

More about the Ethics Cup.