|The 2019 APO winners at the 27th IPO in Rome, Italy|
• read philosophy in school with a teacher in a class, an independent study session or in a club, for example
• be highly proficient (post-AP level or equivalent) writing in French, German or Spanish
Primary Contest Date: March 7, 2020 | Alternate Contest Date: March 8, 2020
Details will be sent to the finalists.
Nothing to participate in the APO contest. At the IPO in Lisbon the APO winners will have all meals and lodging paid-in-full. The two winners will have to pay their own travel to Lisbon. We encourage you to seek sponsorship for this.
The APO is sponsored by the American Philosophical Association and is the USA branch of the International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO). The IPO is sponsored by UNESCO and FISP: Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie and, therefore, the major philosophical societies of the world. It is a major honor for you, your school and your community.
"In his new book, The History of Philosophy, the philosopher A. C. Grayling writes, "Logic -- the science of valid and sound reasoning -- is the general instrument of philosophy, as mathematics is in science." Please explain your understanding of this quotation.
“There are various ethical theories that have been developed in the past three millennia. You may have studied some of them in philosophy or in an ethics course. Please explain why you think one of them more reliably describes what makes an action right or a person good.
You may want to consult our guide to writing philosophy essays called, How To Write a Philosophy Essay, A Guide for IPO Contestants that you can find at the following URL: http://www.philosophy-olympiad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/IPO_Essay_Guide.pdf
Email: PhilosophyAPO@gmail.com Put“APO and IPO”in the subject line.
Joseph A. Murphy
Philosophy & Ethics Department Chair
315 East Palisade Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631