Australasian Champions

Australasian Champions

Having successfully defended their title in the Perth Philosothon in 2015, the Scotch College Philosophy team was invited to participate in the Australasian Philosothon held in Brisbane over the September holiday period. This exclusive event invites the top three teams in each Australian state to come together to explore complex ethical and philosophical questions. This year the questions included:

  1. Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?
  2. Is there such a thing as innate knowledge?
  3. What is justice?
  4. Can science answer moral questions?
  5. Can a robot be conscious?

In a competition that brings together some of the best young philosophical thinkers in Australia, our boys engaged in a collaborative inquiry process where they demonstrated sophisticated understanding of complex concepts, offered insightful observations, effective questioning and sound reasoning; the very qualities needed for problem solving in the future.

After two days of intense discussion, facilitated by teachers of philosophy and adjudicated by senior university lecturers and professors, Scotch College was awarded first place. This is an outstanding achievement at the national level and is testament to the boys' highly effective critical thinking and reward for the effort each team member gave over eight weeks leading up to the event.

In addition to winning the overall title, Scotch boys placed in each of the four age divisions that comprise the competition.

  • James Naylor-Pratt placed first in the senior division and also won the Most Promising Male Philosopher for the highest score across all boys in all age divisions
  • Felix Jones placed third in the 15 years age division
  • Lewis Orr placed third in the 14 years age division
  • Sam Wake placed first in the 13 years age division.