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A Philosophical Essay Event for Secondary Schools

The international philosophy teachers' association AIIPh Baltic Sea Net organizes in cooperation with the Finnish UNESCO ASPnet, The Finnish Association for Teachers of Philosophy and Philosophy of Life, and Societas Philosophica Fennica, a philosophical essay event for secondary school students in countries around the Baltic Sea.

In Finland the essay event also functions as a selection for the Philosophy Olympiads in 2005.
The essays should be pithy and concise, approximately one or two pages long, and they are to be written in English, French or German (however, not in the student's own mother tongue). The students are allowed the use of a dictionary.
The schools wishing to participate in the essay event should order the topics of the essays and further information from the National Board of Education in Finland by Friday 29th October either by e-mail: or by mail: Opetushallitus / Emilia Lehtinen, PL 380, FIN-00530 Helsinki, Finland.
The schools organise the writing of the essays under supervision, during a two-hour period. A maximum of two papers should be selected by the school to be sent forward by e-mail or by mail to the address above.

The deadline for the papers is Monday the 8th November 2004.
The names of the awarded writers will be announced on Philosophy Day, Thursday 18th November, and the best essays will be published on the Internet on the following pages: and .

Therefore we are asking theparticipants the permission to publish their essay as they enter the event. The awarded essays and other products of events around the Philosophy Day will also be published separately.
The writers of the philosophically most meriting essays will be awarded with a cd-rom and books connected to the given philosophical and world heritage topics. Last year's winner was Lithuanian Lina Lelyte, and there were participants from several other countries.

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