Take a moment to stop and ask yourself the big questions in life. The first one might be why you should enter the Irish Young Philosopher Awards?

The closing date is looming on Friday, 23 April but you still have time.

The Irish Young Philosopher Awards (IYPA) are now in their fourth year, after being launched in 2017 by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and this year there is an international awards section too!

The awards bring together philosophers, Primary and Post Primary school students and teachers to think about and discuss the most important issues of our time.

The best entries will be awarded a prize and they will be published on the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life website and the IYPA website.

You can have a look at ALL the winning submissions from 2020 HERE!

All entries should be submitted by Friday, 23 April 2021.

Entries should be emailed to the IYPA email address: youngphilosopherawards@ucd.ie

All second level students and 5th and 6th class primary level students on the island of Ireland are eligible to apply. Individuals, groups and classes can enter.

How to enter the Irish awards

  • All entries should be submitted by Friday, 23 April.. 
  • Entries should be emailed to the IYPA email address: youngphilosopherawards@ucd.ie
  • When you submit your entry, you must include the following information on your work or typed in the email you send:
    Name (or the names of all members of your group or your class name)
    School
    Year Level
    Email Contact
    Teacher or Parent Name and Contact Details

The Young Philosopher Awards are going international!

This means as with previous years, students from Ireland and Northern Ireland may participate in the Irish Awards, but students from any country of the world can also participate in the International Awards. All second level students and 5th and 6th class primary level students are eligible to apply. Individuals, groups and classes may submit an entry in different mediums including essays, blogs, films and podcasts.

The theme for this year's International Award is solidarity. Our current times require us to think and act ethically and responsibly as we are confronted with many challenges. How can we think of ways of working together that might help us address these challenges and reflect on the most important issues of our time?

Click here to see ALL the details!

What is a philosophical question?

  • Philosophical questions are juicy questions that create a lot of discussion and give us lots to think about.
  • Philosophical questions have more than one answer.
  • Philosophical questions prompt us to reflect on different and conflicting answers or views.
  • Philosophical questions deal with abstract, big ideas, which however are relevant to our everyday lives.
  • Quite often philosophical questions concern themselves with ethical issues. Do we have the right to treat nature as a resource? Do we have a moral obligation toward refugees? Should we limit our freedom in order to protect other people from dying? Do we have a responsibility to fight against inequality? These are timely philosophical questions which have a direct relation to problems that humanity currently faces.

Take some time to think about what you or your class might like to do. Don't forget the deadline is looming so make sure to enter before Friday, 23 April!