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What is a Philosothon? 

A Philosothon is a competition where school students engage with philosophical and ethical issues. Through the methodological process of community of inquiry, students gather in a circle to critically engage and collaborate with each other, creating ideas and weighing perspectives on philosophical problems. They are awarded points by a judge based on their skills in critical thinking, collaboration and civility. 

Students will be provided with stimulus materials and from this develop four questions which will be the basis for group discussion.  

Some examples from previous years include:

  1. What is Civil Disobedience?
  2. Can a robot be conscious? 
  3. The Ethics of Truth and Public Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemi
  4. The Right to Exclude 

Sound like something worth exploring? Schools and students can register their interest in attending UOW Philosothon 2022 here.