World Philosophy Day 2019
CJC World Philosophy Day Essay Writing Competition - 2019
NOTE: This competition is open to all current JC1 Students who have completed their Promotional Examinations, and outgoing JC2s students;
Organized in celebration of - World Philosophy Day, 21st November, 2019; The contemporary philosopher, Anthony Grayling, believes that philosophy should play a useful role in society and public policy (not just in academia).
A philosophy essay by its very nature involves critical thinking, logical reasoning (from premises to conclusion), and conceptual analysis skills – as critical thinking and rational argumentation are characteristic methods of philosophical inquiry.
Write an essay in response to ONE of the following questions:
1’Growing up is more a matter of courage than knowledge.’ Critically assess this view.
2 Critically assess the value of making an apology in 21st century society.
3 Is space colonization of other planets necessary for the future survival of human civilization?
4 ‘What we can know, and what we can understand is so influenced by our location in time.’ Critically assess this view.
5 Climate change is priority number one – what’s to be done?
Guidelines and requirements for writing your Philosophy Essay:
Length of Essay: At least 800 to 1500 words (feel free to exceed if need be);
Your essay is an argumentative defense of your adopted Thesis – in which the thesis is clearly stated, explained and analyzed; arguments are rationally presented in support of the thesis; possible objections (counter-arguments) are fairly considered, objectively evaluated, and rationally refuted.
Your philosophical essay thus has five component parts:
1) The effective formulation of a Thesis – stated clearly in the introduction;
2) Arguments (reasons and evidence) set out in support and defense of Thesis
3) Careful critical consideration and evaluation of counter-arguments and counter-examples (objections to Thesis);
4) Refutation of counter-arguments / objections;
5) Effective conclusion – final thoughts / closing remarks;
Submit your essay in hard copy as a - word document - Times New Roman, font size 12;
Indicate on a cover page: Name in full; Identity Number, and Tutorial Group;
Declaration with signature that – ‘This essay is my own work’ (not plagiarized);
Submission Date: Friday 10th January, 2020.
Teacher-in-Charge: Mr. David L Fahy (Senior Teacher), English Department, CJC