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2022 AAP Australasian Philosothon

19 – 20 August 2022
Daily Schedule: Start: Perth 8:00 am / Adelaide 9:30 am / AEST 10:00 am / NZST 12:00 pm
Finish: Perth 12:00 pm / Adelaide 1:30 pm / AEST 2:00 pm / NZST 4:00 pm
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The Australasian Association of Philosophy’s (AAP) Philosophy in Community Committee (PiCC) cordially invites you to the Australasian Philosothon to be held online on the 19th and 20th August 2022. As the organiser for the Australasian Philosothon this year, I am working closely with PiCC, convened by Professor Rob Wilson of the University of Western Australia, and project officer Monty Campbell. Together we can make this event a wonderful experience for your students, affording them an opportunity to engage with other outstanding students from throughout Australasia.

After our successful shift to the online format in 2020 and due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the 2022 Australasian Philosothon will once again be held via Zoom. The move online has enabled greater access and an increase in capacity, which in turn allows for the promotion of philosophical excellence in even more schools. As there were less local Philosothons in 2021, again due to COVID-19, PiCC has expanded the number of ways that a school can qualify for the Australasian Philosothon. You will be receiving this invitation if your school qualified at a local event in 2021, or if the inclusion of your school increases the Australasian Philosothon’s overall diversity – be it socio-economic, public rather than private, or by location, be it regional or beyond Australian borders.

Each breakout room will have 8 students with a teacher from each of the participating schools facilitating the discussion. Philosophy academics and pedagogues will judge the inquiries. There will be 1st – 3rd places for the overall school winners and each of the junior (years 8-9) and senior levels (years 10-12). Each participating school will send a team consisting of two junior students and three senior students. One reserve can also be chosen. Junior students can compete up, however senior students cannot compete down.

Dr. Kaz Bland
Associate Lecturer, UWA
Project Manager, AAPP

What is philosophy good for and living a philosophical life.

Professor Deb Brown in conversation with Rob Wilson as part of the 2021 AAP Philosothon.