back to top
Community

How Much Do You Know About Some Of Philosophy's Biggest Ideas?

Take this quiz to find out to see whether you're as wise as Socrates!

Posted on
  1. In philosophy, the study of right and wrong at the collective level is known as the study of what?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Ethics
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Morality
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Value Theory
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Epistemology
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The study of ethics is what philosophers call the study of right and wrong on a collective level

    The study of ethics is what philosophers call the study of right and wrong on a collective level
  2. What is the socratic method?

    Wikipedia Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    A method of questioning used to reveal any contradictions in an arguement to attempt to uncover the truth of a matter
    Correct
    Incorrect
    A synthesis between a thesis and anti-thesis
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Getting extremely plastered at a symposium and discussing philosophy
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Proving an argument by revealing an absurdity
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The socratic method is a way of questioning used to reveal any contradictions in an arguement to attempt to uncover the truth of a matter

    The socratic method is a way of questioning used to reveal any contradictions in an arguement to attempt to uncover the truth of a matter
  3. How did Descartes attempt to prove that we exist?

    Wikipedia Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    By claiming that a thinking thing such as ourselves must exist
    Correct
    Incorrect
    By proving the existence of God
    Correct
    Incorrect
    By using mathematical formula
    Correct
    Incorrect
    By using empirical methods
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Descartes attempt to prove that we exist by claiming that a thinking thing such as ourselves must exist. He is well-known for saying, "I think, therefore, I am". In modern parlance: "I tweet, therefore, I am."

    Descartes attempt to prove that we exist by claiming that a thinking thing such as ourselves must exist. He is well-known for saying, "I think, therefore, I am". In modern parlance: "I tweet, therefore, I am."
  4. Can we know objective truth with absolutism?

    Leigh Blackall via Flickr, CC BY
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Yes, absolutely, we can know with certainty that God exists with objectivity
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Yes, we can know absolute objectivity by asking the right questions and using reason alone
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Yes, we can know absolute objectivity by using empirical data alone
    Correct
    Incorrect
    No, it is impossible to know whether we can access absolute, objective knowledge
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is impossible to know whether we can access absolute, objective knowledge. The best we can do is say that it "appears" that we can access objective knowledge through certain methods such as the scientific method

    It is impossible to know whether we can access absolute, objective knowledge. The best we can do is say that it "appears" that we can access objective knowledge through certain methods such as the scientific method
  5. What is Stoicism?

    Wikimedia Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    A type of philosophy prescribing one to have complete equanimity in the face of all of life's changes
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The philosophy of handling war
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The philosophy of handling insulting remarks from others
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The philosophy of staying straight when you've become severely inebriated
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Stoicism is a type of philosophy prescribing one to have complete equanimity in the face of all of life's changes. Change is constant in life. Therefore, we should all embrace it, rather than let it cause anxiety.

    Stoicism is a type of philosophy prescribing one to have complete equanimity in the face of all of life's changes. Change is constant in life. Therefore, we should all embrace it, rather than let it cause anxiety.
  6. Why did Ludwig Wittgenstein say, "Whereof one cannot speak thereof one must be silent"?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    We have no idea what he meant by this, he never wrote anything down
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Only those things provable by logic or shown to be true by using empirical methods are philosophical questions
    Correct
    Incorrect
    He said this because he wanted to stop another philosopher from saying something stupid
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Only questions about God are philosophical questions
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    He said this because he thought he had placed the limits that philosophers could reach. Everything else outside of logic and empiricism was non-sense or meaningless.

    He said this because he thought he had placed the limits that philosophers could reach. Everything else outside of logic and empiricism was non-sense or meaningless.
  7. What is consciousness?

    Wikimedia Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    A brain in a vat
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The universal mind of God
    Correct
    Incorrect
    We can't know exactly, or even if we have it for certain. Philosophers of mind are still working on this "hard problem".
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Self-awareness or metacognition
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    We can't know exactly what conciousness is, or even if we certainly have it. Philosophers of mind are still working on this "hard problem".

    We can't know exactly what conciousness is, or even if we certainly have it. Philosophers of mind are still working on this "hard problem".
This post was created by a member of BuzzFeed Community, where anyone can post awesome lists and creations. Learn more or post your buzz!
 
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.