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Essay Competition for IB 1 (Year 12) – Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize

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Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize

Established in 2006, the Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize is an essay competition open to students in Year 12/IB1 (or equivalent). The first prize is £250, and there may also be a second prize of £150.

The deadline for entries is 12pm on Thursday 15th June, with winners announced Friday 23rd June.

The judges will look for originality of thought, a clear grasp of the issues, clarity in presentation and a critical approach to what has been read. Essays should be no more than 2500 words in length and should be on one of the topics listed below.

Titles for 2017 Entries:

– How can you know that you really exist?

– How important are our memories for our identity?

– ‘Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few … or the one” (Spock and Captain Kirk). Discuss.

– ‘Since philosophers cannot seem to agree on anything, philosophy is a sham.’ Discuss.

For more information, including the winning 2016 essays, please visit http://www.oriel.ox.ac.uk/study-us/schools-liaison/lloyd-davies-philosophy-prize

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