Philosophy Trivia

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Philosophy Trivia

If you think you are good at philosophy. test your general knowledge with this trivia about philosophy.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who wrote "Das Kapital" and "The Communist Manifesto"?
    • A. 

      Karl Marx

    • B. 

      John Locke

    • C. 

      Vladimir Lenin

    • D. 

      Friedrich Nietzsche

  • 2. 
    By what name are the collected sayings of Confucius and his followers known?
    • A. 

      The Bhagavad Gita

    • B. 

      The Analects

    • C. 

      The Koran

    • D. 

      The Zen Way

  • 3. 
    Who described life as "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short"?
    • A. 

      Thomas Hobbes

    • B. 

      Alfred North Whitehead

    • C. 

      Adam Smith

    • D. 

      Plato

  • 4. 
    What philosophical "blade" encourages one to prefer simple explanations when they fit the evidence?
    • A. 

      Darwin's Dagger

    • B. 

      Occam's Razor

    • C. 

      Neil's Knife

    • D. 

      The Sword Of Aristophanes

  • 5. 
    What philosopher wrote the famous work "On Liberty"?
    • A. 

      Sir Thomas More

    • B. 

      David Hume

    • C. 

      John Stuart Mill

    • D. 

      Gottfried Leibniz

  • 6. 
    What "dismal" thinker believed that human populations inevitably outstrip food supplies?
    • A. 

      Thomas Robert Malthus

    • B. 

      Immanuel Kant

    • C. 

      John Stuart Mill

    • D. 

      Soren Kierkegaard

  • 7. 
    What Greek philosopher known for his triangle-related "Theorem" had numerically-obsessed followers?
    • A. 

      Pythagoras

    • B. 

      Socrates

    • C. 

      Aristotle

    • D. 

      Plato

  • 8. 
    What 17th-century philosopher said "Without God nothing can be conceived"?
    • A. 

      Niccolo Machiavelli

    • B. 

      Immanuel Kant

    • C. 

      Thomas Hobbes

    • D. 

      Benedict De Spinoza

  • 9. 
    What medieval philosopher fell in love with and secretly married his student, Heloise? 
    • A. 

      Sir Francis Bacon

    • B. 

      Immanuel Kant

    • C. 

      Rene Descartes

    • D. 

      Peter Abelard

  • 10. 
    Who wrote "Critique of Pure Reason"?
    • A. 

      Immanuel Kant

    • B. 

      John Stuart Mill

    • C. 

      Aristotle

    • D. 

      Sir Francis Bacon

  • 11. 
    What philosophical "-ism" is closely associated with writer Ayn Rand?
    • A. 

      Positivism

    • B. 

      Utilitarianism

    • C. 

      Collectivism

    • D. 

      Objectivism

  • 12. 
    Who famously said: "Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward."?
    • A. 

      Sigmund Freud

    • B. 

      John Stuart Mill

    • C. 

      Soren Kierkegaard

    • D. 

      Immanuel Kant

  • 13. 
    What Lord Chancellor of England was executed for not accepting the king as the head of the Church?
    • A. 

      David Hume

    • B. 

      Sir Thomas More

    • C. 

      Sir Francis Bacon

    • D. 

      Thomas Hobbes