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History of IPO; International Philosophy Olympiad; Philosophy in high school

Introduction: Olympiad of Culture and Education

The International Philosophy Olympiad is an educational contest for high-school students.

It was inspired by the agonal element of the European cultural heritage – one of the main factors for the “cultural miracle” of Ancient Greece which Elada managed to achieve within a very short historic time frame. They compete not only with athletes but also playwrights, artists, and philosophers. In the twentieth century, the modern Homo Ludens expanded vastly the scope of competitions, and one of those, which has acquired large publicity and popularity, is the educational contest, part of the Olympiad.

School Olympiads

In the second half of the twentieth century, many educational contests emerged under the title of Olympiads. They were organized in different school subjects and usually target high-school students.

This is the chronological order of those...


  • Host Country
  • National Committee
  • Team Leader
  • International Committee
  • Administrative Body

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Kolev, I. (2016). International Philosophy Olympiad. In: Peters, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore.

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