In July 2011 Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) decided to host the first Australasian Philosothon at Cranbrook School. 4 Australian states sent three teams (those schools that won the 2010 Philosothon in their state) and so twelve schools in total arrived in Sydney to participate in the inaugural event. The three days consisted of speakers, games and Communities of Inquiry. University academics awarded points to students on the basis of their ability to construct an argument collaboratively on interesting philosophical and ethical issues.
Encouragement awards were sponsored by the Australasian Association of Philosophy. ABC’s Radio National produced a programme about this event and to listen to the “The Philosopher’s Zone” broadcast on Radio National from 3rd September 2011, please click on the link below: “The Philosopher’s Zone” broadcast on Radio National on 3rd September 2011. More information about the FAPSA Australasian Philosothon can be found on the following website: http://www.philosothon.net Australasian Philosothons have been held every year in a different capital city.
Download a report of the 2011 Australasian Philosothon here.
In 2019, FAPSA handed this event to the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) https://aap.org.au