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Toronto Catholic District School Board

The Aristotle Contest: 
A High School Philosophy Essay Contest

The University of Toronto’s Department of Philosophy is re-launching our Aristotle Contest, a philosophy essay contest for students currently enrolled in a Canadian high school. The contest was last run in 2010, and we are excited to be able to re-introduce it to current secondary students.
In collaboration with the Ontario Philosophy Teachers’ Association, we aim to recognize the finest philosophical work by Canadian high school students. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three finalists. The contest provides young people interested in philosophy with an opportunity to have their work evaluated and recognized by the largest post-secondary philosophy program in North America, and one of the most highly-ranked philosophy departments in the world.
While philosophy is currently being taught in some Ontario secondary schools, students interested in this contest need not have taken a philosophy course to enter. We hope that educators will encourage any of their students who have demonstrated sharp critical thinking skills to enter the contest.
We would be grateful if you could share this information with your schools and educators, particularly if you have subject matter representatives within the social sciences and humanities in your board. Attached is a PDF of this message and a printable poster that you can share with educators, librarians, guidance counsellors, community organizers, and administrators. Feel free to also circulate a digital copy of the poster in newsletters and on websites if you wish. You can also access a copy of the poster on our website.
Finally, you can share the following social media posts about the contest from your accounts:
• Twitter post
• Facebook post
All of the details of the contest, including the essay questions, submission guidelines, prizes, eligibility, and more can be found at