National Final SPO 2014

The national final of the Swiss Philosophy Olympiad 2014 took place in Lucerne from March 28 to 30.




  • Gafner Lara, Gymnasium Neufeld (BE)
  • Pereiras Gomes Stéphanie, Collège Voltaire (GE)


  • Rotzetter Maxime, Collège Ste.-Croix (FR)
  • Falconi Paolo, Liceo Cantonale Bellinzona (TI)


  • Müller Muriel, Gymnasium Neufeld (BE)
  • Koster Isabel, Kantonsschule Baden (AG)
  • Oreiller Sébastien, Collège des Creusets (VS)
  • Bradley Timothy, Kantonsschule Alpenquai (LU)
  • Meile Elias, Kantonsschule am Burggraben (SG)


  • Coté Patrick, Kantonsschule Wettingen (AG)
  • Malagnino Serena, Collège de Gambach (FR)
  • Mazzocchi Adriano, Liceo di Lugano 1 (TI)
  • Meienberg Linus, Kantonsschule Zürich Nord (ZH)
  • Möller Janka, Kantonsschule Alpenquai (LU)
  • Müller Michael, Kantonsschule Alpenquai (LU)
  • Stocker Sereina, Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland (ZH)


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


  • Dr. Jonas Pfister, University of Lucerne and Gymnasium Neufeld, and Maximilian Huber, University of Geneva: How to Write a Good Essay?
  • Jason Morris, winner SPO 2009 and University of Basel: Understanding Art
  • Dr. Raphael Scholl, University of Bern: Did Darwin Write the Origin of Species Backwards?


  • Thomas Clemens, Kantonsschule Sursee
  • Future philosophy teachers, University of Fribourg
  • Dr. Herbert Schweizer, Kantonsschule Sursee
  • Michelle Wüthrich, Collège St. Michel Fribourg
  • Dr. Peter Zimmermann, Gymnasium Neufeld and University of Fribourg


  1. “The philosopher who wants to intervene in public affairs is not a philosopher anymore, but a politician; he no longer wants only truth, but power.” Hannah Arendt
  2. “Different cultures have different moral codes. Therefore, there are no universally valid norms: what is right for members of one culture can be wrong for members of another one.” Is this argument convincing?
  3. Could someone who was born blind know the meaning of “red”?
  4. A teacher announces that there will be a surprise test next week. A student objects that this is impossible: “The class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If the test is given on Friday, then on Thursday I would be able to predict that the test is on Friday. It would not be a surprise. Can the test be given on Wednesday? No, because on Tuesday I would know that the test will not be on Friday (thanks to the previous reasoning) and know that the test was not on Monday (thanks to memory). Therefore, on Tuesday I could foresee that the test will be on Wednesday. A test on Wednesday would not be a surprise. Could the surprise test be on Monday? On Sunday, the previous two eliminations would be available to me. Consequently, I would know that the test must be on Monday. So a Monday test would also fail to be a surprise. Therefore, it is impossible for there to be a surprise test.” Roy Sorensen