By admin, July 8, 2011

22nd International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO)

will take place in May 15-18th, 2014 in Vilnius, Lithuania.




21st IPO 2013 Odense, Denmark

Gold medals: Róbert Palasik (HUNGARY) 


Silver medals:

Theo Anders (AUSTRIA)

Abhinav Menon (INDIA)

Hye Jin Lee (Republic of KOREA)


Bronze medals:

Petra Požgaj (CROATIA)


Honorable Mention:

Juan Nigri (ARGENTINA)

Esteban van Volcem (BELGIEN)

Martin Iliev (BULGARIA)

Anton Steinø (DENMARK)

David Therkildsen (DENMARK)

Ida Mosegaard (DENMARK)

Magnus Kristensen (DENMARK)

Märt Belkin (ESTONIA)

Jonathan Krude (GERMANY)

Neal Graham (GERMANY)

Maria Oikonomoy-Makrygianni (GREECE)

Lauris Zvirbulis (LATVIA)

Misa Skalskis (LITHUANIA)

Dominika Pankow (POLAND)

José Forte (PORTUGAL)

Vraciu Petru (ROMANIA)

Denis Horvat (SLOVENIA)

Léonore Stangherlin (SWITZERLAND)








“In the principle that subjectivity, inwardness, is the truth, there is comprehended the Socratic wisdom, whose everlasting merit it was to have become aware of the essential significance of existence, of the fact that the knower is an existing individual. For this reason Socrates was in the truth by virtue of his ignorance in the highest sense in which this was possible within paganism.”

Søren Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript to the Philosophical Fragments (1846).


“A tragedy, then, is the imitation of a noble and complete action, having a certain magnitude, made in a language spiced up by diverse kinds of embellishment brought in separately in the parts of the work. This imitation is achieved through characters, not through narration; and, through pity and fears, it accomplishes the catharsis of such emotions. By ‘language spiced up’ I mean a language with rhythm, harmony and song; by ‘kinds of embellishments brought in separately in the parts of the work’ I mean that some parts are worked out in verse only and others with song.”

Aristotle, Poetics, 6, 1449 b 24-28.


“A legally unrestricted majority rule, that is, a democracy without a constitution, can be very formidable in the suppression of the rights of minorities and very effective in the suffocation of dissent without any use of violence.”

Hannah Arendt, On Violence (1970).


Zigong asked: “Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?” Confucius replied, “It is the word shu, or reciprocity: Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.”

To what extent may this formulation of the Golden Rule, which can also be found in other cultures throughout history, be considered as a universal moral principle?

Confucius (vi-v century bc), Analects 15.23.

20th IPO 2012 Oslo, Norway

Gold medals

Korea South:  Sarah Yoon – text

Lithuania:  Tadas Kriščiūnas – text


Silver medals

Denmark: Jeff Granhøj – text

Finland: Aleksi Korpela – text

Greece: Myrto Vlazaki – text

India: Nishith Bharat Khandwala – text


Bronze medals

Germany: Niklas Plaetzer – text

India: Abhinav Suresh Menon – text

Norway: Stian Follevaag Ersvær – text




Honorable Mention

Denmark: Kasper Siim Viftrup

Guatemala: Vaclav Masek Sánchez

Israel: Guy Yassor

Korea, South: Sun Young Hwang

Latvia: Justine Zepa

Lithuania: Michail Sklaskis

Montenegro: Djuro Ilic

Netherlands: Sadaf Soloukey

Norway: Lars Borge Hellesylt

Portugal: Diogo José Martins Lopes

Romania: Corina Ezaru

Serbia: Darko Peric


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