Established in 2006, the purpose of the Prize is to give students in Year 12 or the Lower 6th who are considering applying to a University an opportunity to write about a subject they are interested in. This should enable them to develop their abilities for independent research and thought in Philosophy.
The prize aims to support teachers of able pupils by providing interesting and challenging further work in Philosophy and by bringing such students into contact with Higher Education. In addition, it encourages able students to consider applying to study Philosophy, either at Oxford or at another university, by giving them some experience of the type of work involved, as well as recognises the achievement and effort of the best of those who apply through prizes and commendations. (Note: the judges are not able to provide feedback on any essays.)
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High standard of competition
Strong skills in writing and philosophical thinking.
At least Year 12 at school or college.
Judges look for originality of thought, critical thinking and clear essay structure.