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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!

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

    Ethics
    Morality
    Value Theory
    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?

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    A method of questioning used to reveal any contradictions in an arguement to attempt to uncover the truth of a matter
    A synthesis between a thesis and anti-thesis
    Getting extremely plastered at a symposium and discussing philosophy
    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?

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    By claiming that a thinking thing such as ourselves must exist
    By proving the existence of God
    By using mathematical formula
    By using empirical methods
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    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?

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    Yes, absolutely, we can know with certainty that God exists with objectivity
    Yes, we can know absolute objectivity by asking the right questions and using reason alone
    Yes, we can know absolute objectivity by using empirical data alone
    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?

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    A type of philosophy prescribing one to have complete equanimity in the face of all of life's changes
    The philosophy of handling war
    The philosophy of handling insulting remarks from others
    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"?

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

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    A brain in a vat
    The universal mind of God
    We can't know exactly, or even if we have it for certain. Philosophers of mind are still working on this "hard problem".
    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".

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

You don't know too much about philosophy's big questions

A good place to start might be with the ancient Greeks. Or you might say, "Bah, humbug! Who needs philosophy anyway, those ivory tower wankers!" I'm wise enough as it is in my own way.

You don't know too much about philosophy's big questions
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You know about some of the biggest questions philosophers have ever asked! Not bad.

I'm sure you can hold your own once the discussion gets existential and philosophical. This is a long lost artfrom in today's world. Keep it up!

You know about some of the biggest questions philosophers have ever asked! Not bad.
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You know a lot about some of the biggest questions philosophers have ever asked!

Well done. Time to go and philosophise now.

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