National Final SPO 2018

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The national final of the Swiss Philosophy Olympiad 2018 took place in Bern from March 8 to 11 in Bern.


  • Rafaela Schinner, Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus Brig (VS)
  • Svenja Hammer, Stiftsschule Einsiedeln (SZ)


  • Tim Krappel, Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus Brig (VS)
  • Léonore Lavorel, Institut Florimont (GE)


  • Pio Blieske, Kantonschule Zürcher Oberland, Wetzikon (ZH)
  • Axel Vanoni, Kantonsschule Romanshorn (TG)


  • Rodrigo Leon Bustos, Institut Florimont (GE)
  • Lara Koull, Gymnase Intercantonal de la Broye (VD/FR)
  • Manuel Rölli, Kantonsschule Limmattal, Urdorf (ZH)
  • Janaina Rüegg, Kantonschule Zürcher Oberland, Wetzikon (ZH)
  • Sara Wälti, Gymnasium Hofwil, Münchenbuchsee (B


  • Lara Gafner, University of Bern
  • Stephanie Pereiras Gomes, University of Geneva


  • Roberto Keller, University of Geneva: Metaethics
  • Sophie Baumann, University of Bern & Jonas Wittwer, ETH: Epistemology & Ethics


  • Melanie Altanian, University of Bern
  • Nicolas Burnand, Collège Voltaire
  • Dr. Jonas Pfister, Gymnasium Neufeld,
  • Peter Zimmermann, University of Fribourg
  • Future philosophy teachers, University of Fribourg (collective vote)


  1. “It is undoubtedly important to realize that the sense of sovereignty of the ego, by virtue of which it believes itself manifested in volitional acts without causal conditionality, is entirely illusory, and the whole feeling, thinking, and action of man is rather to be seen as an infinite series necessarily determined by previous causes, that is to say as an effect. But one should not stop at this view of humans.” (Helene von Druskowitz, 1887)
  2. Is the life in community an obstacle to liberty?
  3. “But between theology and science there is a No Man’s Land, exposed to attack from both sides, and this No Man’s Land is philosophy. Almost all the questions of most interest to speculative minds are such as science cannot answer, and the confident answers of theologians no longer seem so convincing as they did in former centuries.” (Bertrand Russell)
  4. “Whatever can be meant can be said.” (John Searle)