Australasian Association of Philosophy Philosothon 

28 - 29 September 2021

Key dates

'School Information Sheets' submitted by 31 August.

Complete all tabs and include the age, email address and question for each student.

More information: Philosothon@aap.org.au

What's a Philosothon?

A Philosothon is an event that encourages school students to investigate ethical and philosophical questions in the context of ‘communities of inquiry’. Participating in the event helps students to develop higher order thinking and communication skills through a series of discussions with students from other schools. These discussions are facilitated by philosophy teachers and adjudicated by a panel of educators. While there is an element of competition in a Philosothon, it aims to promote a sense of community by developing a shared understanding in a spirit of cooperation. It also develops skills in inquiry-based learning, ethical reasoning, higher-order reflective thinking and a search for meaning through dialogue about open questions and contestable concepts.

Students from throughout Australasia have a unique opportunity to engage with other students interested in philosophical inquiry. Eight students from each school participate over two days, (two age14, two age15, two age & two open year level students).

Students participate in Community of Inquiries, one student from each school in each group. Eight groups occurred simultaneously. Each group has a facilitator and a judge. Each COI ran for 40 minutes. Invitations to participate in the Australasian Philosothon are sent to the winning schools from each regional Philosothon. 

More about Philosothons and past results on Wikipedia: Philosothon - Wikipedia 

Dr Kaz Bland - Organiser

Philosothon@aap.org.au

Australasian Association of Philosophy

philosothon@aap.org.au 

These pages have been developed for students, teachers, judges and facilitators participating in the annual Australasian Association of Philosophy Philosothon.


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