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Semifinals SPO 2014

The semifinals of the Swiss Philosophy Olympiad 2014 took place in Zurich, Geneva, Bellinzona and Thun in January 2014.

1. Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland, January 16, 2014

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Organizer

  • PD Dr. Jürg Berthold, University of Zurich and Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland

Participants

  • Blaser Nina, Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland (ZH)
  • Coté Patrick, Kantonsschule Wettingen (AG)
  • Ferrari Gianna, Kantonsschule Wettingen (AG)
  • Fretz Nick, Neue Kantonsschule Aarau (AG)
  • Gurtner Seraina, Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland (ZH)
  • Koster Isabel, Kantonsschule Baden (AG)
  • Meienberg Linus, Kantonsschule Zürich Nord (ZH)
  • Meile Elias, Kantonsschule am Burggraben (SG)
  • Schärer Raffael, Neue Kantonsschule Aarau (AG)
  • Stocker Sereina, Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland (ZH)
  • Winkler Alexander, Kantonsschule Wettingen (AG)
  • Wolter Naomi, Kantonsschule Wiedikon (ZH)

Jury

  • Hugo Anthamatten, Kantonsschule Baden
  • PD Dr. Jürg Berthold, University of Zurich and Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland
  • Marcel Meyer, Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland
  • Dr. Karl-Werner Modler, Kantonsschule Baden
  • Dr. Urs Schällibaum, Kantonsschule Stadelhofen

 2. University of Geneva, January 16, 2014

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Organizers

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

Participants

  • Agum Andrean, Collège Voltaire (GE)
  • Beltus Mbanjei, Collège Voltaire (GE)
  • Bijedić Amina, Collège Voltaire (GE)
  • Maire Cedric, Collège de l’Abbaye St.-Maurice (VS)
  • Malagnino Serena, Collège de Gambach (FR)
  • Oreiller Sébastien, Collège des Creusets (VS)
  • Pereiras Gomes, Stéphanie Collège Voltaire (GE)
  • Rotzetter Maxime, Collège Ste.-Corix (FR)
  • Tribolet Laurène, Collège de l’Abbaye St.-Maurice (VS)

Jury

  • Pablo Carnino, University of Geneva
  • Maximilian Huber, University of Geneva
  • Dr. Jonas Pfister, University of Lucerne and Gymnasium Neufeld
  • Pietro Snider, University of Basel

3. Liceo Cantonale Bellinzona, January 16, 2014

Organizer

  • Tommaso Mandalà, Liceo Cantonale Bellinzona

Participants

  • Falconi Paolo, Liceo Cantonale Bellinzona (TI)
  • Genovese Alessandro, Liceo Cantonale Bellinzona (TI)
  • Mazzocchi Adriano, Liceo di Lugano 1 (TI)

Jury

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

 4. Gymnasium Thun Seefeld, January 17, 2014

Organizers

  • Cyrill Mamin, Gymnasium Thun Seefeld
  • Dr. Tobias Zürcher, Gymnasium Thun Seefeld

Participants

  • Anliker Carla, Gymnasium Neufeld (BE)
  • Bradley Timothy, Kantonsschule Alpenquai (LU)
  • Gafner Lara, Gymnasium Neufeld (BE)
  • Inniger Michael, Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus (VS)
  • Kräuchi Simon, Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus (VS)
  • Lüthi Lukas, Gymnasium Neufeld (BE)
  • Marner Joane, Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus Brig (VS)
  • Möller Janka, Kantonsschule Alpenquai (LU)
  • Müller Muriel, Gymnasium Neufeld (BE)
  • Müller Michael, Kantonsschule Alpenquai (LU)
  • Reuveni Tamara, Gymnasium Oberwil (BL)
  • Roost Dominique, Gymnasium Thun Seefeld (BE)
  • Stichweh Virgina, Kantonsschule Alpenquai (LU)
  • Zhang Jesse, Gymnasium Oberwil (BL)

Jury

  • Juliette Gloor, University of Basel
  • Maximilian Huber, University of Geneva
  • Jason Morris, University of Basel and winner SPO 2009
  • Christian Tenisch, University of Bern and winner SPO 2007
  • Jonas Zahn, University of Leipzig

Topics

  1. “You can do what you will, but in any given moment of your life you can will only one definite thing and absolutely nothing other than that one thing.” Arthur Schopenhauer
  2. What I see depends on the state of my visual organsPhysical objects are not dependent on the state of my visual organs. So I do not see any physical objects. – Is this argument sound?
  3. “The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious; common objects rouse no questions, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected.” Bertrand Russell
  4. In addition to deductive and inductive knowledge, does intuitive knowledge exist?