Qualification SPO 2015

Do you like philosophy, attend a Swiss school and are younger than twenty years old? Then take part in the Swiss Philosophy Olympiad 2015 and write a philosophical essay (up to 1000 words) to one of the following topics:

  1. Under what conditions is it justified to punish someone?
  2. “Whoever says matter, says mind, whether he likes it or not. Because it would not be concevable at all without mind. And who says mind, says matter, for without matter one could not even say it, let alone think it.” Arthur Schnitzler
  3. Everything that I have ever experienced and that has happened to me forms my character. My character influences the way I act. Therefore my actions are never completely free. – Is this argument correct?
  4. “Our best knowledge is scientific knowledge (…); and yet scientific knowledge is but conjectural knowledge” Karl Popper

Keep in mind to be consistent in your argumentation (coherence), to provide arguments for your claims (power of argumentation), to express your own ideas (originality), to only write about your topic (relevance) and to explain the philosophical context of your topic (context).

Send your essay to info@swissphilo.ch and make sure that it is formatted as Word document and includes your name, school, class and email address (all personal information is handled strictly confidential). The deadline is November 30, 2014.


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