Forum staff reports, Published January 03 2009
Think-Off to address moral philosophyThe 2009 Great American Think-Off question will be “Is It Ever Wrong to Do the Right Thing?”
The New York Mills (Minn.) Regional Cultural Center is asking people from around the world to address the question by submitting an essay of 750 words or less by April 1.
Essays may be mailed to Great American Think-Off, New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, PO Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567, e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (no attachments) or entered online at www.think-off.org.
The judges are looking for essays that address this central problem of moral philosophy by speaking about personal experience rather than abstract philosophical reasoning.
A panel of judges will select four finalists to come to New York Mills for the final debate June 13.
The names of the four finalists, who each receive $500 plus travel, food and lodging expenses, will be announced May 1.
The winner is decided by the audience attending the debate, and she or he will be named “America’s Greatest Thinker for 2009.”
Last year’s question, “Does Immigration Strengthen or Threaten the United States?” was debated successfully by Craig Allen of West Linn, Ore.