National Final SPO 2015

The national final of the Swiss Philosophy Olympiad 2014 took place in Lucerne from March 13 to 15.




  • Gafner Lara, Gymnasium Neufeld (BE)
  • Meile Elias, Kantonsschule am Burggraben (SG)


  • Muzzetto Nicolas, Collège de l’Abbaye de St-Maurice (VS)
  • Tribolet Laurène, Collège de l’Abbaye de St-Maurice (VS)


  • Wagner Christoph, Gymnasium Liestal (BL)
  • Pomsel Jannis, Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland (ZH)


  • Benkara Hakim, Collège Voltaire (GE)
  • Bernini Lucia, Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus Brig (VS)
  • Bradley Timothy, Kantonsschule Alpenquai (LU)
  • Käsermann Manuela, Gymnasium Neufeld (BE)
  • Pereiras Gomes Stéphanie, Collège Voltaire (GE)
  • Spahr Sabina, Gymnasium Neufeld (BE)


  • Dr. Jonas Pfister, University of Lucerne and Gymnasium Neufeld
  • Maximilian Huber, University of Geneva


  • Adrian Häfliger, Kantonsschule Alpenquai: The moral status of robots
  • Jason Morris, winner SPO 2009 and University of Basel: On the methodological role of moral intuitions
  • Dr. Jonas Pfister, University of Lucerne and Gymnasium Neufeld, and Maximilian Huber, University of Geneva: How to write a good essay?
  • Léonore Stangherlin, winner SPO 2012/13 and University of Leipzig: Identities


  • Teachers and future teachers of philosophy


  1. Why should one not contradict oneself?
  2. “Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.” David Hume, A Treatise of  Human Nature, 1738
  3. “The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said ‘This is mine,’ and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.” Rousseau, Discours sur L’Inégalité parmi des Hommes, 1755
  4.  “Now these two questions
    – Does there exist a material reality distinct from sensible appearances?
    – What is the nature of reality?
    do not have their source in experimental method, which is acquainted only with sensible appearances and can discover nothing beyond them. The resolution of
    these questions transcends the methods used by physics; it is the object of metaphysics. Therefore, if the aim of physical theories is to explain experimental laws, theoretical physics is not an autonomous science; it is subordinate to metaphysics.” Pierre Duhem, La théorie physique: son objet, et sa structure, 1906