John Locke写作竞赛究竟难度如何?看看今年最新发布的题目

每每看到冲击美本的理科生有那么多的竞赛可以丰富背景,文科生心里就开始“酸”了。

-又有AMC数学思维挑战
-又有USACO信息学奥林匹克
-还有HiMCM数学建模竞赛
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数都数不完!
就没有适合文科生的竞赛了吗?
-no no no-

文科生也是有份量十足的顶级赛事的,如果你平日喜爱阅读硬核学术文献,又有满腔写作“热血”却又无处释放,那么John Locke论文竞赛就非常适合你参加。
John Locke写作竞赛究竟难度如何?看看这篇真题及范文分析!图源自unsplash

01竞赛简介

John Locke Essay Competition(约翰·洛克论文竞赛)写作竞赛是由位于英国牛津的独立教育组织John Locke Institute与牛津、普林斯顿、布朗、白金汉大学等名校教授合作组织的学术项目。为了培养出能独立思考,知识渊博,推理清晰和有说服力的小作家,John Locke 每年邀请世界各地的中学生来参加写作竞赛,探讨校外具有挑战性的问题。

写作要求
从官网提供的哲学、政治、经济、历史、心理学、神学和法律板块中,选择一个自己感兴趣的板块,并回答其中一个问题(只能选择一个问题)。

竞赛规则
每篇文章只能在所选主题类别中回答一个问题,可以提交多篇文章,但不得超过2000字(不包括图表、数据表、脚注、参考书目或作者声明)。

竞赛信息
参赛时间
2022年6月

适合学生
15岁-18岁的高年级组
15岁以下的低年级组

竞赛安排
提交截止日期:6月底7月初(暂定)
通知了入围候选人:7月中旬(暂定)
获奖者将于9月在牛津大学的颁奖典礼上宣布

竞赛要求
个人参赛,提交一篇2000词以内的论文。

可选题目
涉及哲学,政治,经济学,历史,心理学,神学和法律共7个领域的21个题目。

02John Locke考察学生什么?
>>>是否了解哲学、经济、政治、历史、心理学、神学或法律等学科领域的基本知识结构。
>>>是否掌握议论文的基本写作格式和技巧。
>>>是否在文章中展现独立的思想、清晰的逻辑和辩证的分析方式。
John Locke写作竞赛究竟难度如何?看看这篇真题及范文分析!图源自unsplash

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03John Locke2022写作竞赛题目

Philosophy
Q1. How likely is the multiverse? Would it change anything if (somehow) we came to know the theory was true?
Q2. If our actions are a consequence of our capacities and preferences, and if those things are, in turn, a result of our genetic inheritance and the external world in which we happen to find ourselves, are we ultimately responsible for our choices?
Q3. Is it moral to take money from people through the force of law in order to pay philosophers to philosophize?
Q4. When, if ever, can acts involving only consenting adults be morally wrong?

Politics
Q1. Should we allow political donations?
Q2. What, if anything, do rich nations owe poor nations?
Q3. Is there such a thing as a common good?
Q4. Is the good citizen always a good person? Is the good person always a good citizen?

Economics
Q1. Is Bitcoin a blessing or a curse?
Q2. What’s wrong with the housing market? How can we fix it?
Q3. Should Amazon pay people more? What would happen if they immediately increased every worker’s salary by twenty percent?
Q4.  Is Henry George’s land value tax fair, efficient, both, or neither?

History
Q1. Was there anything good about the British empire?
Q2. Is China an imperial power?
Q3. Is Western civilization in decline?
Q4. Do leaders make events or do events make leaders?

Psychology
Q1. Are we getting nastier?
Q2. Are men and women psychologically different? Does it matter
Q3. Is there any mental illness that isn’t ultimately physical?
Q4. Does it even make sense to hate someone for his or her opinions?

Theology
Q1. Why would God be so coy?
Q2. “The God of the Bible and the Koran is a primitive human’s idea of a great being… But that is not what an actual supreme being would be like.” Is there a holy book that manifests divine authorship?
Q3. “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Can one be a Christian without believing in the miraculous resurrection of Jesus?
Q4. Is faith anything other than uncertain belief on incomplete evidence?

Law
Q1. Does prison work?
Q2. “People who serve on juries are ill-informed, prejudiced, and not clever enough to avoid jury service.” Should we abolish Trial by Jury?
Q3. Should “hate crimes” be punished more severely than the same crime with different motives?
Q4. What is the relationship between justice and law?

JUNIOR prize
Q1. Which existential threat are humans underestimating?
Q2. What should the age of consent be for irreversible sex reassignment surgery?
Q3. Were the lockdowns worth it?
Q4. What does it mean for people to be equal?
Q5. What would happen if there was a 100% inheritance tax?
Q6. If you could travel by time machine for your next holiday which time and place would you visit? What preparations would you make for your journey? What challenges would you face in the first twenty-four hours, and how would you handle them?
Q7. Should some things be legal to give away but illegal to sell?For Question 7 we recommend you read Markets Without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests by Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski and Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale by Debra Satz.

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