Can The Modern Thinker Pass This Basic Philosophy Quiz?

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
― Bertrand Russell

  • Question of

    Which school of Philosophy propagates that obtaining pleasures is the chief good in life?

    • Positivism
    • Existentialism
    • Epicureanism
    • Panpsychism
  • Question of

    Arrange in the correct order, from teacher to his student:

    • Aristotle→ Socrates→ Plato
    • Socrates→ Plato→ Aristotle
    • Plato→ Aristotle→ Socrates
    • The philosophers mentioned do not share a student-teacher relationship
  • Question of

    What is Empiricism?

    • The theory that knowledge is based on pure logic.
    • The theory that knowledge can be only derived from sensory experiences.
    • The theory that knowledge is inessential for living a fulfilling life
    • The theory that knowledge is essential for living a fulfilling life.
  • Question of

    Which philosopher famously remarked: “I think, therefore I am.”?

    • Rene’ Descartes
    • Socrates
    • Thomas Aquinas
    • Plato
  • Question of

    What is referred to as the Socratic Method?

    • The practice of asking and answering questions to encourage critical thinking.
    • The practice of seeking verifications to supplement rational thinking.
    • The practice of assigning logic and reason to the different elements of being.
    • The practice of compartmentalizing emotions and feelings as a means to encourage indifference.
  • Question of

    The Indian school of philosophy Samkhya is dualist in nature. Its two components are:

    • Proof and Thought
    • Body and Spirit
    • Consciousness and Matter
    • Pleasure and Hardship
  • Question of

    If you shoulder pain and suffering without much indifference, you may be a follower of:

    • Rationalism
    • Positivism
    • Nihilism
    • Stoicism
  • Question of

    Identify one of the main proponents of the mystical Sufi Philosophy:

    • Nasir Khusraw
    • Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi
    • Al-Ghazali
    • Sa’id Qumi
  • Question of

    Which Chinese military strategist-cum-philosopher authored the highly influential book ‘The Art of War’?

    • Zhu Xi
    • Wang Bi
    • Han Yu
    • Sun Tzu
  • Question of

    Which Russian-American writer developed the philosophical system of Objectivism?

    • Vladimir Nabokov
    • Ayn Rand
    • Joseph Brodsky
    • Igor Stravinsky

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Written by Vasundhara Gray

Just a wallflower silently beholding the fallacies of life, with a penchant for Science and Literature- and everything in between.

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