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First stage of the International Students' Philosophy Olympiad

First stage of the International Students' Philosophy Olympiad

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On the threshold of the 300th anniversary of Immanuel Kant, the First International Students' Philosophy Olympiad has been launched, organized by the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University together with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Enlightenment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

On 6-7 September 2022 the first stage of the Olympiad was held online, in which participants were asked to write an essay on one of six topics within three hours:

- Modern Neurophilosophy and the Problem of Artificial Intelligence.

- The Boundaries of Interaction between Philosophy and Theology: History and Modernity.
- Ethics in the Age of Digital Reality.

- Philosophical anthropology.

- Critical thinking, logic and argumentation theory.

- Russian philosophy and intellectual culture.

A total of 420 students from thirty Russian regions and ten foreign countries, including Belarus, Germany, India, Spain, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Vietnam, Slovakia and Uzbekistan, took part in the first stage of the Olympiad.

The official languages of the competition are Russian, English, Chinese, French, and German.  

Participants include not only philosophy students, but also lawyers, sociologists, PR scholars, philologists, economists, teachers, and mathematicians.

The winners of the first stage were 70 students who submitted the most relevant, persuasive, coherent, and independent work. 

By the end of November, as part of the second stage of the Olympiad, the winners will plunge into the unique environment, gain experience, fresh ideas through open lectures of internationally renowned scholars, learn about the philosophical vision of man and society in the era of intensive technological development, as well as submit their own works on the subjects approved by the organizing committee of the Olympiad, or defend an original project for the popularization of the modern achievements of philosophy.

Official website of the Olympiad