International Philosophy Olympiad

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The International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO) is an annual philosophy competition for high school students from around the world, one of the International Science Olympiads. It is organized under the auspices of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) and supported by UNESCO.


The International Philosophy Olympiad was founded through an initiative by Ivan Kolev from Sofia University in Bulgaria.[1] The idea was to help replace the Marxist–Leninist subjects taught in schools throughout Eastern Europe between 1947 and 1990. The first Olympiad was held in 1993 in Smolyan, Bulgaria, with three participating countries: Bulgaria, Romania (led by Elena Florina Otet), and Turkey (led by Nuran Direk). The second edition of the Olympiad, in 1994 in Petrich, Bulgaria, two additional countries joined: Poland (led by Władysław Krajewski) and Germany (led by Gerd Gerhardt).[2] Together with Hungary (led by Katalin Havas) these countries founded the IPO.[3] The IPO received welcome by UNESCO.[4] Since 2001 the International Philosophy Olympiads have been organized under the auspices of International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) and with the recognition and support of UNESCO.

In 2009 the number of participating countries rose from under 30 to about 40. The IPO 2020 originally scheduled to be held in Lisbon had to be cancelled because of measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. An electronic IPO (e-IPO) is organized by Slovenia.[5]



According to the regulations, the objectives of the IPO are the following:

  • to promote philosophical education at the secondary school level and increase the interest of high school pupils in philosophy;
  • to encourage the development of national, regional, and local contests in philosophy among pre-university students worldwide;
  • to contribute to the development of critical, inquisitive and creative thinking;
  • to promote philosophical reflection on science, art, and social life;
  • to cultivate the capacity for ethical reflection on the problems of the modern world; and,
  • by encouraging intellectual exchanges and securing opportunities for personal contacts between young people from different countries, to promote the culture of peace.[3]


The IPO is run by the following bodies: the International Committee, consisting of the delegation leaders having already organized an IPO, the Steering Board, consisting of members from the FISP, UNESCO and the International Committee, the National Organizing Committee, and the International Jury, consisting of all delegation leaders and teachers.[3]


Students competing in the Olympiad are given four hours to write a philosophical essay on one of four topics given. The topics are provided in the four official languages of the IPO – English, Spanish, French, and German – and the student must choose to write in a language other than his/her own; that is, a native French speaker would not be allowed to write in French.

There are five criteria of evaluation.

  1. Relevance to the topic
  2. Philosophical understanding of the topic
  3. Coherence
  4. Power of argumentation
  5. Originality

Evaluation proceeds in three stages:

  1. International Jury composed of teachers from different delegations form groups of about 4–5 to read certain number of the essays. Each member of a group reads the same 5-6 essays, then compares notes with other members of the same group and gives his mark/score on a scale of 10. Those above average score of 7.0 from being thus read make it to the next level. No teacher is allowed to read the essay of a student from his/her own country.
  2. About four members of the International Jury then individually reads those essays which are according to the criteria below:
    1. Those getting average 7.0 or above in previous stage
    2. Those having a difference in marking by two jury members of more than 3.0 point
  3. Those finally making a new average of 7.0 or above are recommended by the international jury to the steering board with five members from the FISP and the international committee. Each person in this board reads each essay individually. The steering board then decides the medals and honorable mentions to be given. They need not accept the ranking of essays as given by the international jury.[6]

National selection processes[edit]

According to the regulations, the selection of the candidates participating for a particular country are chosen through a selection process which should be organized or be under the auspices of a national philosophical organization member of the FISP.[3] The precise structure of the national competition varies from country to country.


Austria first took part in the IPO in 2005. Since then they have two stages. In the first stage, every bundesland (state) sends the best two or three participants of the Landeswettbewerb to the philosophical akademie. There the second stage takes place and in this Bundeswettbewerb the two best will be sent to the IPO. The first Austrian participant were part of the German delegation in 2004.

Czech Republic[edit]

The Czech Republic's philosophical competition for high school students was established by Tomáš Nejeschleba at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University in Olomouc in 2011.[7] Since 2012, the competition, called Nebojme se myslet,[8] consists of two stages. In the first stage, students write an essay on one of four topics in Czech. The criteria are the same as in the IPO: relevance to the topic, philosophical understanding of the topic, coherence, power of argumentation, originality. The twenty best essays are qualified for the second stage in which students write a short essay in one of the four official IPO languages. The two best students qualify for the IPO. Since 2014, Jan Čížek from Palacký University has been the main organizer of the Czech philosophical competition. He is also the leader of the Czech delegation at the IPO.


In Estonia, the selection process, which was initiated by philosopher Leo Luks, consists of two stages. In the first stage, students write an essay at home in their mother tongue. This means that Russian for the country's Russian minority is also accepted. The national jury (5 members) chooses the 10 best essays for the next stage. In the second round (4 days long), finalists first spend two days together where they participate in different lectures and workshops. After that, the final competition begins, which consists of four different parts:

  1. 4-hour essay in foreign language, as it is in IPO (maximum 50 points[9])
  2. Test of informal logic (10 points)
  3. Test of central philosophical notions and theories (10 points)
  4. Oral 1 to 1 debate on philosophical issue (10 points)

The two best students represent the country at the IPO.


In Germany, there are three stages:

  1. The best two or three essays of a class (written in German) are sent to the jury (until December, 6th); the good essays will be honoured by a certificate.
  2. The best 26 essay-writers are invited to Münster for four days in February, where they write again an essay (in English or French) and hear and discuss two philosophy lectures.
  3. The two best essay-writers in Münster represent the country at the IPO in May.


The IPO selection procedure in Hungary is closely related to and based on the National Students Competition in philosophy, which is embedded in a wide range of National high-school competitions organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. All the competitions (mathematics, etc.) are organized in 3 levels, over January - April. The competitions in philosophy involve 11th and mainly 12th grade students, altogether approx. 300 students nationwide. The first, school-level round is based on testing knowledge in history of philosophy (thus emphasizing the relevance of the curricula and maturity criteria). Students with sufficient score are eligible to enter the 2nd round. The second round is about writing an essay, students are free to select one topic out of four. The best papers are selected by a jury of Academics, which consists of Faculty staff members invited by the ME, who will invite the students to the finals, i.e. an oral examination. Hungarian is the only official language all through the national competition levels. The IPO Selection invites the best 30 students after the 2nd round. Under the supervision of the Hungarian Philosophical Society, a new Jury are being invited who will propose the 4 quotations, and they should evaluate all the papers. Students will take part at the IPO selection where all the IPO rules and regulations are respected: essay-writing, bi-lingual dictionary, timing, evaluation criteria, languages, etc. Usually approx. 15 students take part at the IPO selection and the authors of best 2 papers are proposed to participate at the IPO. Students receive assistance from their teachers to participate at the competitions, however the Philosophical Youth Camps and the „Philosophical tea-house” movement (inspired by IPO colleagues in Turkey) may also help students to gain and deepen their interest in philosophy.


The Olympiad is non-funded and thus a totally voluntary effort for both the teachers and students. The selection process, which is organized by Kedar Soni, is in two stages:

  1. Abhinav Philosopher - objective and subjective tasks online to primarily gauge students logical and verbal reasoning. Held around beginning of December by Abhinav Vidyalay. (school which coordinates the process) Top 20% are selected to the next stage.
  2. Indian Philosophy Olympiad - Essay round similar in format to the IPO competition. It is held online around January in a time-bound manner.

The two best from the stage 2 represent the country, provided they can fund themselves. Then the training program is held for a couple of weeks, to orient students to systematic philosophy and argumentation. It runs for about 12 hours a day and students need to be accommodated at the venue. Those clearing stage 1 are also invited in order to prepare them for next IPO. After the program, until the IPO, students meet 2-3 times weekly for about 3–4 hours in an online lecture room (video + whiteboard) to discuss essay topics and their arguments.

According to Kedar Soni, the IPO's internal politicking has caused him to discontinue organising India's IPO selection.[10]


In 2005, the first year of Norway participating in the IPO, Thor Steinar Grødal just picked his two best philosophy students at Foss high school, in 2006 he and Olav Birkeland picked one each as Foss High School and Oslo Handelsgymnasium were the only ones in Oslo and possibly in the whole of Norway that offered a philosophy course for high school students. Since 2007 a new subject 'history&philosophy' (5 lessons per week in 2nd and 3rd grade) has been introduced to many high schools in Norway, and the selection process for IPO has been tied up to the Baltic Sea Philosophy Essay Competition. 100 Norwegian students from 14 schools participated in this competition in November 2011. In 2012 there was for the first time a 2nd round in Oslo March 23–24 for the 10 best Norwegian participants. These ten went to IPO Oslo 2012 on the extended quota of the host country.


The selection process was initiated in 2005 by Jonas Pfister, and 2006 was the first year Switzerland participated in the IPO. The selection process is organized by the association SwissPhilO, the president of which is Lara Gafner, a former IPO participant for Switzerland. From 2005 to 2012, the selection process consisted of two stages, a first round and a second round. Since 2013 the selection process consists of three stages. At the first stage, students write an essay at school or at home. Out of these, the authors of the best essays are invited to a second round, a semi-final, where they participate in workshops and write a second essay in their mother tongue, that is German or French. Again, the authors of the best essays qualify for the next round, the national final, where the students again participate in workshops and write another essay. A jury of five members selects the two best who will represent the country at the IPO.[11]

United States[edit]

The United States participated in IPO competitions four times until 2003. In 2001, the IPO was hosted by the US in Philadelphia. From 2003 until 2011, however, the US did not participate. At the 2009 December conference meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), Eastern Division teacher Joseph A. Murphy met with APA executive director, David Schrader, and told him about the curriculum for a course 'A History of Western Philosophy' taught in Spanish for American high school students in their last two years before university. Over the next year, the course was approved by the Curriculum Committee at Dwight-Englewood School (D-E). David Schrader and William McBride had been discussing ways to reanimate the US philosophy community to re-enter the IPO competitions. Adding Spanish as an official IPO language was seen to be a possible key to doing this. Spanish was added to English, French and German on a trial basis before IPO Vienna 2011. In order to participate in IPO Vienna 2011, Murphy chose two of his best philosophy students who also studied Spanish at D-E. Together they formed the 2011 US Delegation with the blessing of APA. Since then, there has been a national competition for high school students called the American Philosophy Olympiad, in which high school students from around the nation submit philosophy essays in either Spanish, French, or German in response to a given prompt. The two top essays are chosen, and those two students represent the United States at the IPO.

Overview of competitions[edit]

Each year, the IPO is held in a different city around the world. The table below gives an overview of each competition since the inaugural competition in 1993.[12][13]

No. Year City Country Theme Dates Participating countries
1 1993 Smolyan  Bulgaria May 3
2 1994 Petrich  Bulgaria May 5
3 1995 Stara Zagora  Bulgaria May 5
4 1996 Istanbul  Turkey May 6
5 1997 Warsaw  Poland May 7
6 1998 Braşov  Romania April 8
7 1999 Budapest  Hungary May 11
8 2000 Münster  Germany May 11
9 2001 Philadelphia  United States May 15
10 2002 Tokyo  Japan May 12 May 16 15
11 2003 Buenos Aires  Argentina May 7 May 10 18
12 2004 Seoul  South Korea May 19 May 23 17
13 2005 Warsaw  Poland May 19 May 23 18
14 2006 Cosenza  Italy May 13 May 18 15
15 2007 Antalya  Turkey May 18 May 21 22
16 2008 Iaşi  Romania May 18 May 22 23
17 2009 Helsinki  Finland May 22 May 26 22
18 2010 Athens  Greece May 20 May 24 23
19 2011 Vienna  Austria Power and Powerlessness of Philosophy May 26 May 29 28
20 2012 Oslo  Norway Limits of Freedom May 16 May 20 39
21 2013 Odense  Denmark Kierkegaard Today May 16 May 20 37
22 2014 Vilnius  Lithuania Emmanuel Levinas: Infinity and the Face of the Other May 15 May 16 40
23 2015 Tartu  Estonia Disagreement May 14 May 18 40
24 2016 Ghent  Belgium War and Peace May 12 May 15 44
25 2017 Rotterdam  Netherlands Tolerance May 25 May 28 45
26 2018 Bar  Montenegro Environment May 23 May 28 50
27 2019 Rome  Italy Cultural Heritage and Citizenship May 16 May 19 50
28 2020 Ljubliana  Slovenia Global Solidarity May 28 May 31 organized as online competition (eIPO)[14]
29 2021 Ljubliana  Slovenia Utopie May 27 May 30 organized as online competition (eIPO)[14]
30 2022 Lisbon  Portugal Identity and Person May 26 May 29 Originally planned for 2020 and then cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reported to 2022[a][15]
31 2023 Olympia  Greece A Life in Fair Competition May 11 May 14
32 2024

Overview of Awards[edit]

Year Location Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal Honourable mention
1993 Bulgaria
1994 Petrich, Bulgaria
1995 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
1996 Istanbul, Turkey
1997 Warsaw, Poland
1998 Braşov, Romania
1999 Budapest, Hungary
2000 Münster, Germany Ognyan Kassabov  BGR
Gianluca Rossi  ITA
Boris Popivanov  BGR
2001 Philadelphia, EE. UU. Ute Scholl  DEU
Laura Lapierre  VEN
Felix von Lehmden  DEU
2002 Tokyo, Japan Silvia Crupano  ITA
Vasilescu Ion Gheorghe  ROU
Akse Pettersson  FIN
2003 Buenos Aires, Argentina Torsten Schoeneberg  DEU
Sergio Barberis  ARG
Gabriel Abelof  ARG
Sarah Helduser  DEU

Mete Tuczu  TUR
Hyun Lee  ROK
Francesco D'Acunto  ITA
Wojciech Orowiecki  POL
Andrei Poamă  ROU
Sezen Kayhan  TUR

2004 Seoul, ROK Leopold Hess  POL
Joanna Kusiak  POL

Lukas Steinacher  AUT
Mert Bahadir Reisoglu  TUR

Seungwon Chang  ROK

Matija Lavrinc  SVN
Germán Díaz  ARG
Valeriya T. Vitkova  BGR
Elena Bellodi  ITA
David Kovacs  HUN
Andreea Elena Simion  ROU

2005 Warsaw, Poland Mikolaj Ratajczak  POL

Tomasz Przezdziecki  POL
Alexandru Marcoci  ROU

Marta Sznajder  POL

Antti Saarilahti  FIN
Nora Labo  ROU

David Himler  AUT

Patricio Kingston  ARG
Woo Chan Lee  ROK
Jutta Obertegger  ITA
Jae Won Choi  ROK

Roberta Di Nanni  ITA

Agnieszka Kurzemska  POL
Marcin Kotowski  POL

2006 Cosenza, Italy Efe Murat Balikcioglu  TUR
Mateusz Chaberski  POL
Saila Kakko  FIN
Johann Alexander  DEU

Santiago Auat  ARG
Stefano Burzo  ITA
Margherita Busti  ITA
Anna Drozdowicz  POL
Florin-Radu Gogianu  ROU
Carmen Kautto  FIN
Conrad Krausche   CHE
Maximilian Huber  AUT
Sara Musi  ITA
Shapira Shiri  ISR
Andras Schuller  HUN
Joseph Steinlechner  AUT
Daniel Thoms  DEU
Peter Ujma  HUN
Christian Danielov Vatchkov  BGR

2007 Antalya, Turkey Zeynep Pamuk  TUR Daria Cybulska  POL

Stefan Stefanovic  SRB

Alexander Johann  DEU

Martin Hergouth  SVN
Soh Hyun-Min  ROK

Elena Alexandra Corbu  ROU

Matthias Hoernes  AUT
Milena Alexandrova Alexandrova  BGR
Filip Taterka  POL
Clara Kropivsek  SVN
Corina Cristine Lefter  ROU
Heidi Meriste  EST
Luca Vegetti  ITA
Bernát Iváncsics  HUN
Christoph Schachenhofer  AUT
Nanako Kurioka  Japan

2008 Iași, Romania Jan Seidel  DEU

Sergiu Matei Lucaci  ROU
Maria Alexandra Baneu  ROU

Conrad Krausche   CHE

Heta Nuutinen  FIN
Andrea Beghini  ITA
Michal Godziszewski  POL

Arina Cristina Baibarac  ROU

Helene Sorgner  AUT
Denis Tramonte  ITA
Tal Yankovitz  ISR
Kristina Kashfullina  RUS

Perczel János  HUN

Vallari Sawant  IND
Adrian Cristian Ardelean  ROU
Toth Olivér István  HUN
Maria Ciurchea  ROU
Antoine Vuille   CHE
Yuval David Hananel  ISR
Illia Gorbachev  RUS
Lukas Paltanavicius  LTU
Dalius Petrulionis  LTU
Sebastian Köthe  DEU

2009 Helsinki, Finland Sarri Nironen  FIN
Eliza Tymianska  POL

Petar Penev  BGR

Kristina Kashfullina  RUS

Luiza Pasca  ROU

Hyun-Kyu Kim ROK

Ayse Dilek Izek  TUR
Pietari Kupiainen  FIN
Patrick Mujunen  FIN

2010 Athens, Greece Aljaž Jelenko  SVN Kacper Kowalczyk  POL

Jaehyun Yoo  ROK

Tibor Backhausz  HUN

Valeriu Alexandru Cuc  ROU
Josef Piras  ITA

Erik Ramberg  NOR

Ignas Rubikas  LTU
Anita Ignatova  BGR
Anna Smertina  EST
Alessio Rocca  ITA
Paul Kuuse  EST
Tae Heun Kim  ROK
Tapani Pulkkinen  FIN
Platias Nikolaos  GRC
Henning Rognlien  NOR
Irina Horodinca  ROU
Murel Leuenberger   CHE
Chitra Adkar  IND
Nikolina Budan  CRO
Firat Akova  TUR
Karoliina Juulia Pulkkinen  FIN[16]

2011 Vienna, Austria Nikolaj Møller  DNK Chang Hyun Choi  ROK

José Gusmão Rodrigues  PRT

Niklas Plaetzer  DEU

Sakari Nuuttila  FIN
Stavros Orfeas Zormbalas  GRC

Mustafa Ayçiçegi  TUR

Tibor Backhausz  HUN
Franziska Bahl  AUT
Miguel de la Riva  DEU
Cristina Costina Diamant  ROU
Vanessa Gstrein  AUT
Milana Kostic  SRB
Jwa Seong Lee  ROK
Luka Mikec  CRO
Dominykas Milašius  LTU
Patrick Mokre  AUT
Junho Oh  CAN
Thierry Schütz   CHE
Barbara Šoda  CRO
Marie Vestergaard-Thomsen  DNK

2012 Oslo, Norway Sarah Yoon  ROK

Tadas Kriščiūnas  LTU

Jeff Granhøj  DNK

Aleksi ROKpela  FIN
Myrto Vlazaki  GRC
Nishith Bharat Khandwala  IND

Niklas Plaetzer  DEU

Abhinav Suresh Menon  IND
Stian Follevaag Ersvær  NOR

Kasper Siim Viftrup  DNK

Vaclav Masek Sánchez  GTM
Guy Yassor  ISR
Sun Young Hwang  ROK
Justine Zepa  LVA
Michail Sklaskis  LTU
Djuro Ilic  MNE
Sadaf Soloukey  NLD
Lars Borge Hellesylt  NOR
Diogo José Martins Lopes  PRT
Corina Ezaru  ROU
Darko Peric  SRB

2013 Odense, Denmark Róbert Palasik  HUN
Theo Anders  AUT

Abhinav Menon  IND
Hye Jin Lee  ROK

Petra Požgaj  HRV
Juan Nigri  ARG

Esteban van Volcem  BEL
Martin Kamenov Iliev  BGR
Anton Thorell Steinø  DNK
David Therkildsen  DNK
Magnus Baunsgaard Kris  DNK
Ida Mosegaard  DNK
Märt Belkin  EST
Neal Graham  DEU
Jonathan Krude  DEU
Maria Oikonomoy-Makrygianni  GRC
Lauris Zvirbulis  LVA
Misa Skalskis  LTU
Dominika Pankow  POL
José Forte  PRT
Vraciu Cosmin Petru  ROU
Denis Horvat  SVN
Léonore Stangherlin   CHE
Patrick Côté   CHE
Estaban van Volcem  BEL
Patric Coté   CHE
Dominika Pankow  POL

2014 Vilnius, Lithuania Vulpe Dan Cristian  ROU

Elina Karstie  FIN
Jakob Gomolka  DEU
Lukas Jonuška  LTU

Jacob Karlsson Lagerros  SWE

Beatriz Santos  PRT
Iván György Merkei  BGR
Abhishek Dedhe  IND
João Madeira  PRT
Tadas Temčinas  LTU
Radosław Jurczak  POL
Chagajeg Soloukey Tbalvandany  NLD

Benedikt Zöchling  AUT

Rafail Zoulis  GRC
Maša Marić  HRV
Justinas Mickus  LTU
Janko Zeković  MNE
Francisco Ríos Viñuela  ESP
Bernt Johan Damslora  NOR
Jani Patrakka  FIN

Federico Aguilar  GTM

Chan Park  ROK
Sophus Svarre Rosendahl  DNK
Viviana de Santis  ITA
Yuki Kanai  JPN
Martin Molan  SVN
Marta-Liisa Talvet  EST
Rūta Karbauskaitė  LTU
Vraciu Cosmin Petru ROU

2015 Tartu, Estonia Iván György Merker  HUN

Antti Autio  FIN

Chagajeg Soloukey Tbalvandany  NLD

Eleftherios Chatzitheodorides  GRC
David Gjorgoski  MKD
Martin Molan  SVN
Sandro Huber  AUT
Neven Borak  SVN
Abhishek Dedhe  IND
Öznur Hancı  TUR

Ludovico Machet  ITA

Dārta Paula Šveisberga  LVA
Rosaria Caddeo  ITA
Stanisław Jędrczak  POL
Teodora Groza  ROU
Anda Maria Zahiu  ROU

Ivona Janjic  SRB

Antonina Jamrozik  POL
Ana Paula Bellamy Orozco GTM
Augustė Saladytė  LTU
Konstantin Krasimirov Tumanov  BGR
Lara Gafner   CHE
Helen Maria Raadnik  CHE
Liisi Voll  EST
Petar Soldo  HRV
Niklas Uhmeier  DEU
Fredrik Johnsson   CHE
Zsolt Hegyesi  HUN
Kyu Bo Shim  ROK
Ragna Heyne  DEU
Viachaslau Verashchahin  BLR
Nadal Abril Lucia Molina  ARG
Alžběta Vítková  CZE
Audun Rugstad  NOR
Deyan Kirilov Madzharski  BGR

2016 Ghent, Belgium Ihsan Baris Gedizlioglu  TUR

Eui Young Kim  ROK
Jungho Choi  ROK

Hana Samaržija  HRV

Teodora Groza  ROU
Johanna U. Marstrander  NOR
Drishtti Rawat  IND

Fabian Strobel  DEU

Svit Komel  SVN
Matthijs de Jong  NLD
Sarp Çelikel  TUR
Sara Pyykölä  FIN

Liwia Rogalewicz  POL

Anna Morandini  AUT
Tathagat Bhatia  IND
Sonja Stiebahl  DEU
Alexandre Eira  POR
Uladzislau Voinich  BLR
Ábrahám Horváth  HUN
Jan Brändle   CHE
Matija Pušnik  SVN
Roberta Del Pezzo  ITA
Andreea Ioana Aelenei  ROU
Matthias Verlinden  BEL
Emil Kotzev  BGR
Lilja Valtonen  FIN
Aistė Grušnytė  LTU
Helo Liis Soodla  EST
Tomoki Ishikawa  JPN
Daan Van Cauwenberge  BEL
Ruben Algoet  BEL
Pavel Belkevich  BLR
Polina Perova  RUS
Frederico Cardoso  PRT
Roberta Dell Pezzo  ITA

2017 Rotterdam, Netherlands Mor Divshi  ISR

Nóra Schultz  HUN
Milan Milenović  SRB

Mihnea Bâlici  ROU

Hrvoje Kožić  HRV
Rosalie Looijaard  NLD
Victor Mordhorst  DNK
Álvaro Salgado Carranza  ESP

Crista Erales  GTM

Arth Gupta  IND
Kaarel Hänni  EST
Michal Karlubik  SVK
Konstantinos-Marios Konstantinou  GRC

Karolina Bassa  POL

Tathagat Bhatia  IND
Edoardo Calvello  ITA
Reinis Cirpons  LVA
Franciszek Cudek  POL
Simon Derudder  BEL
Danilo Djukanovic  MNE
Laura Evers  NLD
Martina Fridl  SVN
Amanda Häkkinen  FIN
Leonie Hong  DEU
Matthias Verlinden  BEL
Boris Janevski  MKD
Lóránt Kiss  HUN
Carolien Krekt  NLD
Isaias Moser   CHE
Baoyi Ni  CHN
Antonio Piltcher  BRA
Arkadiy Saakyan  RUS
Vasilen Vasilev  BGR
Ajuna Soerjadi  NLD

2018 Bar, Montenegro Radka Pallová  CZE

Amanda Häkkinen  FIN
Michal Karlubik  SVK

Yastika Guru  IND

Freja Værnskjold Dzougov  DNK
Alvaro Lopes  PRT

Martina Fridl  SVN

Sagnik Anupam  IND
Mihail Larkov  RUS
Daantje de Leur  NLD

Luis Anngel Meza-Chavarría  CRI

Monique Murer  BRA
Stefan Capmare  ROU
Tzu Kit Chan  MYS
Iulia Natalia Mitrache  ROU
Gaeun KIM  ROK
Martin Topić  SRB
Meggy Michaud  FRA
Tobias Heidenreich  DEU
Terachet Rojrachsombat  THA
Zhengyu Ging  CHN
Maria Sara Fraser  SRB
Paulina Kaczyńska  POL
Javier Sanz González  ESP
Paul Johannes Kalda  EST
Thomas Valerio  ITA
Valerija Baždar  MNE

2019 Rome, Italy Viktor Mršić  HRV

Kseniia Korotenko  RUS

Yanying Lin  CHN

Manya Bansal  IND
Bendik Sparre Hovet  NOR
Kenneth Martin  SVK

Noam Furman  ISR

Rei Yatsuhashi  JPN
Tuomas Ville Santeri Ansio  FIN
Duarte Lourenço Marcos Correia Amaro  PRT
Marija Brašanac  SRB
Tomaž Žgeč  SVN
Mehmet Tüfek  TUR

2020 Ljubljana, Slovenia Aybars Önder  TUR

Wang Dingzheng  SGP

Jiayi Ren  SGP

Faruk Šahat  BIH
Luiz Felipe Horta  BRA
Muhammad Amir Rafiq  MYS

Blaž Sušnik  SVN

Dimitrios Kouvaras  GRC
Rachel Börger  DEU
Una Iza Grandovec  SVN
Lyubomira Dimitrova  BGR
Oskar Ban Brejc  SVN
Deokhaeng Lee  KOR
Thomas Delmas  FRA

Anastasios Tsirigotis  GRC

Berkant Isaev  BGR
Đorđije Petrović  MNE
Elina Saarikoski  FIN
Emanuel Krajnc  SVN
Hana Ćatić  BIH
Jean-Baptiste Bonneville  LUX
Kristina Røstad Rosenvold  NOR
Krištof Ocvirk  SVN
Marcel Čarman  SVN
Marton Vida  HUN
Máté Héthelyi  HUN
Matevž Rezman Tasič  SVN
Paramott Bunnjaweht  THA
Sara Novović  MNE
Toma Gheorghe Tavares de Melo  BRA
Younghoon Seo  KOR
Yuto Koba  JPN

2021 Ljubljana, Slovenia Andrej Jovićević  SRB

Luiz Felipe Horta  BRA

Jonathan Platzbecker  DEU

Paul Gruber  AUT
Rin Kuroda  JPN
Seoyoung Choi  KOR

Yared Alemán  CRI

Ozan Ölmez  TUR
Alexandra Khovrak  UKR
Blaž Sušnik  SVN
Džonatans Miks Melgalvis  LVA
Máté Héthelyi  HUN

Adian Roman  FIN

Ajna Ćuhara  BIH
Aleksandra Savova  BGR
Alon Loewenstein  ISR
Aslak Hellevik  NOR
Aurelie Fraichard  ISR
Dimitrios Kouvaras  GRC
Eirini Livieratou  GRC
En Hao Lim  SGP
Frederik Albl  CZE
Giovanni Maria D’Antonio  ITA
Kantanat Pridaphatrakun  THA
Karl Abiline  EST
Lena Wöß  AUT
Muhammad Amir Rafiq M. Rafee  MYS
Nitya Rajan   CHE
Pongsapak Waiwitlikhit  THA
Rick Wierenga  NLD
Salomé Pierre  FRA
Sara Tadic  MNE
Tibet Şahin  TUR
Usraat Fahmidah  BGD
Yeonwoo Sung  KOR
Yuhua Gao   CHE

2022 Lisbon, Portugal Giulia Pession  ITA

Tobias Willée  GER

Aleksandro Savova  BUL

Nemes Lavinia  LUX
Antoni Antoszek  POL

Patrick Seyfried  GER

Ilana Raizler Gandin  BRA
Sigve Wiedswang  NOR
Jonatan Toporowski  POL
Nate Triyananont  THA

Aino Satu Kujari  FIN

Ana Ribeiro  POR
Ana Wakabayashi  BRA
Andrei-Nicolae Radu  ROM
Andrija Iljukic  SER
Carl Scandelius  UK
Daniels Danilov  LAT
Ellen Roper  EST
Efraim Dahlén  HUN
Giovanni D'Antonio  ITA
Ivaylo Iliev Hristov  BUL
Joost Ouweneel  NLD
Josef Skolks  CZE
Junichiro Ikeda  JAP
Manyasiri Chotbun  THA
Maria Barroso  POR
María Díaz Ussía  SPA
Maria-D Gheorghe  ROM
Maša Kilibarda  MNE
Md Emil Hafiznizam  MYS
Mojca Ravnik  SLO
Nahye Lee  SKO
Noah Rosenbaum   SWI
Nuno Espírito Santo  POR
Oleksandra Khovrak  UKR
Paul Kaspar Nurk  EST
Pedro Silva  POR
Pir Servan Tutsi  TUR
Rita Brauna  LAT
Sebastián A-Vargas  CRI
Shiraz Medjahed  FRA
Viktoria Knoll  AUT


  1. ^ The 28th IPO was originally scheduled to be held from May 21 to 24, 2020.[15]


  1. ^ Moufida Goucha, Philosophie. Une école de la liberté, Paris: UNESCO, 2007, p. 89.
  2. ^ Ivan Kolev (2016), International Philosophy Olympiad. In: Peters M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore, p. 1159.
  3. ^ a b c d "Olympiad".
  4. ^ UNESCO, “Conclusions of the International Study Days: Philosophy and Democracy in the World”, 15–16 February 1995.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "International Philosophy Olympiad » Statute".
  7. ^ Hruška, Tomáš. "Katedra filozofie".
  8. ^ "Projekt - Nebojme se myslet".
  9. ^[bare URL PDF]
  10. ^ "Why am I shutting down the Indian Philosophy Olympiad?".
  11. ^ "Philosophy".
  12. ^ "History". International Philosophy Olympiad. Archived from the original on March 27, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  13. ^ "International Philosophy Olympiad 2019". Archived from the original on December 3, 2019. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  14. ^ a b
  15. ^ a b "IPO 2020". 2020 International Philosophy Olympiad. Archived from the original on March 27, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  16. ^ IPO 2010 webpage
  17. ^ IPO 2011 webpage with award list
  18. ^ IPO 2012 webpage with list of awards and essays
  19. ^ IPO 2013 Webpage
  20. ^ IPO 2014 Webpage
  21. ^ IPO 2015 Webpage
  22. ^ IPO 2016 Webpage
  23. ^ IPO 2017 webpage
  24. ^ IPO 2018 webpage
  25. ^ IPO 2019 webpage
  26. ^ eIPO 2020 webpage
  27. ^ eIPO 2021 webpage
  28. ^ IPO 2022 webpage

Further reading[edit]

  • Jonas Pfister, "Les Olympiades de philosophie dans l'enseignement" (2009), Diotime. Revue internationale de didactique de la philosophie, 41 (07/2009). Online
  • Juha Savolainen, Pekka Elo, Satu Honkala, Rebecca Cingi (Hrsg.) (2010), IPO Helsinki Finland 2009, Publications of The Finnish National Commission for UNESCO no 85, 2010.
  • Moris Polanco (2015), Cómo escribir un ensayo de filosofía: Con especial referencia a la Olimpiada Internacional de Filosofía. Create Space. Independent Publishing Platform.
  • Ivan Kolev (2016), International Philosophy Olympiad. In: Peters M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore, 1158–1164.
  • Frank Murphy (2017), "International Philosophy Olympiad: A Writing Challenge for Young Philosophers. With an Appendix: How To Write a Philosophy Essay. A Guide for IPO Contestants", Journal of Didactics of Philosophy, Vol. 1, 2017, 49–66.

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