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Philosophy Essay Prize 2014

Philosophy Essay Prize

The winner of the Prize will receive £2,500 with his or her essay being published in Philosophy and identified as the essay prize winner.

2018 Topic:  Philosophy and International Relations

Arguably, philosophers have been thinking about issues regarding the status and relations between nations for as long as they have been thinking about nations themselves. With the development of colonisation and empires in the 16th and 17th centuries, however, serious consideration began to be given to the philosophy of relations between peoples, and this was further intensified with the rise of the nation state in Europe in the 19th century and the competition and wars between ‘great powers’ . Entries for this competition may address such general issues as the nature of nations, states and international and multi-state entities, and the basis for normative relations between them (e.g. ‘realism’ vs ‘moralism’, and ‘nationalism’ vs ‘cosmopolitanism’). More specific and practical issues might also be taken up; such as the basis for international aid; immigration and refugees; wars of self-defence vs wars of humanitarian intervention; international terrorism; globalisation of finance, trade and services; and environmentalism and global threats, etc.

In assessing entries priority will be given to originality, clarity of expression, breadth of interest, and potential for advancing discussion. All entries will be deemed to be submissions to Philosophy and more than one may be published. In exceptional circumstances the prize may be awarded jointly in which case the financial component will be divided, but the aim is to select a single prize-winner.

Entries should be prepared in line with standard Philosophy guidelines for submission (see http://royalinstitutephilosophy.org/publications/philosophy-information-for-authors/). They should be submitted electronically in Word, with PRIZE ESSAY in the subject heading, to assistant@royalinstitutephilosophy.org.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 1st October 2018. 

Entries will be considered by a committee of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and the winner announced by the end 2018.  The winning entry will be published in Philosophyin April 2019.

The Sheffield Philosophy Essay Prize is an annual competition for Years 10, 11 and 12. The aims of this prize are threefold: firstly, to widen interest in philosophy and in studying philosophy at university level among students who would not otherwise be exposed to the subject; secondly, to encourage ambitious and talented secondary school students considering applying to university to study philosophy; and thirdly, to recognize the achievements both of high-calibre students and of those who teach them.  The competition is run by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

Candidates are invited to write an essay of up to 1,500 words on a philosophical question. They don’t need to be studying Philosophy to enter.

Download the essay questions and more information

Deadline

Midnight on Sunday 16th July 2017. We will announce the results by the end of August 2017.

Prizes

  • First Prize: £100
  • Second Prize: £50
  • Third Prize : £25

All monetary prizes will be given in the form of Amazon gift certificates.

In addition, three further essays of a high quality will be commended.

Winning essays and other essays (with student’s permission) will be posted on the prize’s webpage.

Good luck!

How to submit

Please email philessay@sheffield.ac.uk with the subject ‘Philosophy Essay Prize’. Include the following information in the email:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Contact email address
  • School name and address
  • Please specify what kind of school this is: (e.g. State Comprehensive, State Grammar school, State Boarding school, Faith school/Faith Academy, Private/Independent school, Other- please specify)
  • Is this school fee paying? Yes/No
  • Address to send any prizes

Please attach your entry to the email with no personal information on it as entries will be judged anonymously.

Winning essays and other essays (with student’s permission) will be posted on the prize’s webpage.

The competition carries a First Prize of £100, and a Second and Third Prize of £25. All monetary prizes will be given in the form of Amazon gift certificates.

In addition, three further essays of a high quality will be commended.

Good luck!

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