Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize
The purpose of the Prize is:
- To give students in Year 12 or the Lower 6th who are considering applying to a University an opportunity to write about a subject they are interested in. This should enable them to develop their abilities for independent research and thought in Philosophy.
- To support teachers of able pupils by providing interesting and challenging further work in Philosophy and by bringing such students into contact with Higher Education.
- To encourage able students to consider applying to study Philosophy, either at Oxford or at another university, by giving them some experience of the type of work involved.
- To recognise the achievement and effort of the best of those who apply through prizes and commendations. Note: the judges are not able to provide feedback on any essays.
Entrants should be in Year 12 (or equivalent) at their school or college. The judges will look for originality of thought, a clear grasp of the issues, clarity in presentation and a critical approach to what has been read. They will also look for a clear structure to the essay.
How to Apply
Essays should be no more than 2500 words in length and should be on one of the topics listed below. Essays should be word processed and submitted by email in Word to firstname.lastname@example.org. A font size of 12pt or greater should be used, and the page margins should be set to no less than 1 inch. Entries must be sent with a completed entry form, which is available to download here. Please include a bibliography (note: this does not count towards the word limit).
The 2017 competition is now closed for entries, and the winners are announced below.
Titles for 2017 Entries
- How can you know that you really exist?
- How important are our memories for our identity?
- 'Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few … or the one” (Spock and Captain Kirk). Discuss.
- ‘Since philosophers cannot seem to agree on anything, philosophy is a sham.’ Discuss.
2017 Competition Result
We are pleased to announce that the joint winners of this year's competition are: Oliver Schönle & Jamie Slagel. Oliver and Jamie each receive prizes of £200 and you can read their winning essays below:
Due to the exceptionally high number and quality of essays received this year, our tutors also highly commended the essays of five entrants:
- James Bromfield (title 4)
- Nina Liu (title 1)
- Miqueas López Woodward (title 2)
- Rahul Nagpaul (title 2)
- Peter Wallich (title 3)
We would like to thank everyone who took part this year and wish you every success in your future studies.