Think Essay Prize Longlist Announced

The Royal Institute of Philosophy has today announced the longlist of the 2024 Think Essay Prize competition.

The Think Essay Prize competition has been hugely popular. Despite this being only its first year, we received 330 student submissions.

Thank you to every single applicant. We greatly enjoyed reading all your essays. We also owe a big thank you to the very many schools with students who submitted essays – we very much appreciate your support.

Given the competition produced so many applicants, we sought the help of a number of additional judges who were involved in the first stage of selection. Our thanks to all of them for doing a very thorough and professional job.

The judging panel has selected the following publications for the longlist:

  • Joseph Ang, German Swiss International School: Could a Machine Think?
  • Sabrina Bissoo, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School: How Can I Know The World
  • Ari Chi: How Can I Know The World
  • George Christiansen, RGS Guildford: Could a Machine Think?
  • Giancarlo Colpani, Academia International School Zurich Oerlikon: How Can I Know The World
  • Scarlett Davis, Channing School: How Can I Know The World
  • Benedict Dooley, Liverpool Blue Coat School: Could a Machine Think?
  • Ayush Gupta, Merchant Taylors School: Is It Morally Wrong to Eat Meat?
  • Vinayak Kedia, Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Ghaziabad: Could a Machine Think?
  • Gregory Musaelian, American Heritage School Plantation Campus: Could a Machine Think?
  • James Pannick, Haberdashers’ Boys’ School: Is It Morally Wrong to Eat Meat?
  • Benjamin Platt, St Mary Magdalene Academy: How Can I Know The World
  • Jessica Searancke, De Lisle College: Could a Machine Think?
  • Daniel Self, Merchant Taylors’ School: Is It Morally Wrong to Eat Meat?
  • Ari Shtein, Washtenaw International High School: Could a Machine Think?
  • Jake Song Schnistzler, Bishop O’Dowd High School: How Can I Know The World
  • Claudia Wong, Cheltenham Ladies’ College: Is It Morally Wrong to Eat Meat?
  • Kan Zhang, BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour: How Can I Know The World
  • Stephan Zuev, Westminster School: Is It Morally Wrong to Eat Meat?

Please note the longlist doesn’t include two applicants for privacy reasons.

Dr Stephen Law, Editor of Think and Chair of the Judging Panel, writes:

The quality of every single entry was of a good standard. We greatly enjoyed reading all the essays. What was particularly impressive was the clarity with which every contributor wrote. Essays were without exception easy to read and digest and clearly focussed on argument.

More information about the essay prize can be found here.

  • The 2024 Judging Panel

    Natalie Armour
    Katherine Ashmore
    Chloe Rose Campbell
    Jonas Fariacosta
    Chrisantha Fernando
    Joshua Forstenzer
    BVE Hyde
    Grace Lockrobin
    Chinaza Okonkwo
    John Robinson
    Glenn Skelhorn
    Vidhi Taparia