You like philosophy? You go to school at a Swiss secondary school and are younger than twenty years old? Then participate in the Swiss Philosophy Olympiad 2018/19 and write a philosophical essay (500 to 1000 words) on one of the following topics by November 30, 2018:
1 Can you say someone is uncultured?
2 Are there objective risks?
3 "The paths to philosophy are infinitely many. It can be reached (...) from any scientific question, if you follow it sufficiently far." (Moritz Schlick)
4 "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you." (Old testament)
In order to participate you do not need to know Plato's works inside out, nor do you need years of philosophy classes behind you. It is important that when writing you pay attention to coherence (arguing coherently and without contradiction) and persuasiveness (substantiating claims). By thinking up your own examples, you show originality. We want to know how you think! Further criteria for a good essay are relevance (keeping the direct relation to the topic) and context (placing the topic in its philosophical, not historical context). Further tips can be found in the IPO writing guide.
After the semi-finals on 10 January 2019, the two best participants of the Swiss Final will travel to the International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO), which will be held in Rome (Italy) in May.
To participate, simply fill out the form below, attach your essay as a Word or pdf document and send it off! The document should not contain any reference (name, school, etc.) to you, not even in the document name!
For teachers: Please use the same form to enter the essay files and the information about your students (use a new form for each student). Please also inform us about the number of students that have written an essay in total.