Abhishek Dedhe, a city-based teenager, won a silver medal in the recently held 22nd International Philosophy Olympiad at Lithuania in northern Europe.
A quote by G E M Anscombe in the context of the US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, mentioned by Abhishek during the competition, along with his views on ‘how unscrupulous thinking can lead to unethical acts like murder’ impressed the jury and influenced them to declare him the winner.
“Representing India at an international platform was a great honour and I am deeply happy as I won the silver medal. It was a great experience interacting with so many students from different cultures across the world during the International Philosophy Olympiad,” Abhishek, who is a class XI science student of SP College told Newsline.
“I developed an interest in philosophy while studying biology as a subject. The origin and purpose of life was something that fascinated me. I wish to pursue a career in scientific research in the field of molecular biology,” he added.
Held during May 15-18, around 90 students from 42 different countries participated in the Olympiad, which is a philosophy competition for high school students across the world, organised under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie and supported by UNESCO.
Two students — Abhishek Dedhe from Pune and Aparna Mishra from Bokaro — represented the Indian delegation.
Elaborating on the nature of the International Philosophy Olympiad, Abhishek said students competing are given a few hours to write a philosophical essay on one of four topics given.
“My preparation consisted of knowing philosophy of various kinds, isms and issues. During the competition, it was more important to know how students apply this knowledge than mere knowledge itself. My parents along with teachers helped me a lot in my preparation,” he said.