International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO)


The first contests of International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO) were organized in 1993, nurtured by the wish for free movement and free thought in Central and South-East Europe. Thus, the IPO originally reflected the intentions of a handful of teachers in philosophy from Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Poland to develop contacts as well to raise the level of philosophical interest and knowledge. Hungary and Germany were soon ready to join the organizations, and basically with new countries each year, at the present moment there are cca. 20-25 countries in IPO fostering mutual respect, shared efforts and a healthy ambition for contest!
It is important to know that the contest is based on an essay to be written by the students on a topic freely chosen out of 4. Similarly, the language is freely chosen by the students from three possibilities: English, German, French. Students may use dictionaries, however no mother tongue is allowed. With the exception of the host country (10 students) each country may send 2-2 students, winners of the national selection competitions.
It is also worth to know that the existence of IPO is based on the events to be held each year in May, therefore it is not an officially registered organization. To be sure, the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP web-site: www.fisp.org ) provides a firm background to ensure continuous activities, and the UNESCO also plays an active role with the same aim. All the organizers in the International Committee  (University and high-school teachers, Academics and representatives of official organizations and institutions) are to decide on the basic issues, most notably on the place of the next year olympiad. With that gesture the National Committee is receiving the responsibility of all the enormous task of organizations.
IPO official web-site:


HPS IPO  -English version

IPO events





XIV. IPO Cosenza, Italy

Cosenza - Report

D. report on  Philosophy Teaching in Hungary

Anna Kiss: "Small subjects.."






Böhm Károly


Lukács György


Hamvas Béla


Bibó István