Qualification SPO 2016

Do you like philosophy, attend a Swiss school and are younger than twenty years old? Then take part in the Swiss Philosophy Olympiad 2016 and write a philosophical essay (up to 1000 words) to one of the following topics:

  1. “Where there is no common power, there is no law: where no law, no injustice.” Thomas Hobbes
  2. Is knowledge an intrinsic good?
  3. “To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.” Henri Poincaré
  4. Do people always do what they desire most?

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, teacher and email address (all personal information is handled strictly confidential). The deadline is November 30, 2015.