The James Hemming Essay Prize will not run in the 2013/2014 academic year. Please check back for announcements about the 2014/2015 competition.

The James Hemming Essay Prize is administered by the British Humanist Association.

Previous James Hemming Essay Prize questions:

‘A good world needs knowledge, kindliness and courage. It does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men’. (Bertrand Russell) Discuss.

‘No moral system can rest solely on authority. It can never be sufficient justification for performing any action that someone commands it.’ (A J Ayer, 1910-1989) Discuss.

‘Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not.’ (Protagoras, 490 -420 BC). Discuss.

‘Tolerance, good temper and sympathy – they are what matter really.’ (E M Forster, What I Believe, 1939). Discuss.

‘In life, the meaning comes in living.’ (James Hemming, Individual Morality, p.191). Discuss.