Which Philosopher Suits You Best?

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This quiz is a project for my History of Philosophy class. It tells you which philosopher suits you best, so after taking the quiz you can read books on or by the philosopher that suits you instead of reading a general philosophy book. Sources: "Nietzsche in 90 minuten" and "Heidegger in 90 minuten" by Paul Strathern "Filososofen van deze tijd" by Maarten Doorman and Heleen Pott "Geschiedenis van de westerse filosofie" by Bertrand Russel.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What do you think of religion?
    • A. 

      It is not born out of need. It is a response to symbol and myth. It gives substance to norm and value.

    • B. 

      It is often used as an excuse.

    • C. 

      It is primarily a way to keep people small, prevent them from growing.

    • D. 

      Everyone has something they believe in unconditionally. This can be called a religion. Examples are the belief in love or science.

    • E. 

      I think only our relationship to others, our sense of responsibility can bring us closer to God.

    • F. 

      Religion is a way for people to give meaning to their lives. It can never be a reason to hurt others.

  • 2. 
    What of other people?
    • A. 

      I always feel I have to explain myself.

    • B. 

      I try to make the right choices and expect others to make the same choices.

    • C. 

      They must prove to me they are as good as I am.

    • D. 

      They all try to get the best of me.

    • E. 

      I try to make wake them up, show them there is more to life than just going along with it.

    • F. 

      Sometimes I don't understand what they're saying. But I enjoy talking to them.

    • G. 

      Sometimes they are strangers, enemies even. But when I meet them face-to-face, they appeal to my sense of responsibility. I care for them.

    • H. 

      We are all part of humanity. We should try to treat each other with respect and learn from our differences.

  • 3. 
    What do you have to say about love?
    • A. 

      Love is the understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do.

    • B. 

      What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.

    • C. 

      There are many ways to define love.

    • D. 

      Love is an unconditional faith in the other.

    • E. 

      Faith is believing that love without reward is valuable.

    • F. 

      Love is giving oneself without reservation.

    • G. 

      Love is to abandon ones outlook on the world for that of the other.

    • H. 

      Love consists partially in a cognitive judgment to the effect that some object or person is good for your well-being.

    • I. 

      There are different ways to view love. First we try to analyze and control our love. Sometimes we are in it’s grasp. The last way is when you know love in association with others. This can be lonely, because love is not necessary answered.

    • J. 

      Love and other emotions are more than biochemical processes.

  • 4. 
    What do you think of/on language?
    • A. 

      I like it when people use a lot of metaphors and such.

    • B. 

      It is the framework of existence.

    • C. 

      Language is hard. It's much like a game, you never quite know what someone else means, when they're joking or lying.

    • D. 

      People talk too much. You should speak only of things that you can make sense of, things that you can prove true.

    • E. 

      The aim of language is to impart to others the results you have obtained. As I talk, I reveal the situation to myself and others - in order to change it.

    • F. 

      Language is not about discription, but about conveying something. It is a means to teach.

    • G. 

      As we tell stories about the lives of others, we learn how to imagine what another creature might feel in response to various events. At the same time, we identify with the other creature and learn something about ourselves.

  • 5. 
    What is your opinion on nature?
    • A. 

      You can either let it be and come forward to you on it's own, or you can use it to your benefit.

    • B. 

      I deeply appreciate it, and I don't think man can destroy it. The environmentalists aim for attention and power more than for anything else.

    • C. 

      It's often used as an excuse for opposing something.

    • D. 

      I believe it is threatened by technology but that these negative effects are largely exaggerated.

    • E. 

      It is there to be enjoyed, but we must also treat it responsibly.

    • F. 

      I wish to live with concern for and in relation to animals, plants, and the world of nature.

  • 6. 
    What is the purpose of life?
    • A. 

      To become the best you can be. Do what you want and never regret.

    • B. 

      To live with attention. Don't let life go by, but be in the moment. To think.

    • C. 

      The meaning of life lies outside life. I believe there is a higher being or purpose, in some kind of God. To pray is to think of the meaning of life.

    • D. 

      There is no meaning to life. You make your own choices and cannot blame them on some deity or other.

    • E. 

      The relationship to other people. Without others, there is no life.

    • F. 

      To make the most of your capabilities, i.e. real opportunities based on personal and social circumstance.

  • 7. 
    What do you think of emotions?
    • A. 

      They are an enormous source for energy. By developing discipline over emotions, their energy can be focused on constructive outlets.

    • B. 

      Emotions and desires are responsible for passion and can lead to great chaos or great advancement.

    • C. 

      We use our experience with emotional expressions to judge the emotional experience of others, but we might be mistaken.

    • D. 

      Emotions drag us back into existence at times when we are just letting life flow by.

    • E. 

      The essence of an emotional state is not a feature of the mental world, but rather a transformation of one’s perspective upon the world.

    • F. 

      We must learn to understand our emotions and our emotional relationships to others, for these are vital to life.

    • G. 

      There is no conflict between convictions and emotions.

    • H. 

      Emotions are what makes human life human.

  • 8. 
    What drives people?
    • A. 

      Their image of the world. They have a collection of convictions that they never doubt, and they act based on these convictions.

    • B. 

      People usually don't have a drive, they just live and don't think.

    • C. 

      Lust for power.

    • D. 

      There is no drive, only freedom. People are free to do as they choose.

    • E. 

      At first it is the need to establish one's self. But there is also the longing for something more to life, and this may result in a deep sense of responsibility towards others.

    • F. 

      People have convictions and beliefs that they do not (but should!) doubt. Emotions often come forth from these beliefs, they teach us what we believe to be true or important.

    • G. 

      People live in a meaningful world, and try to understand it.

  • 9. 
    What do you have to say about (searching for) truth?
    • A. 

      It is not to be found within a person or in our world even. People long for something different, something more.

    • B. 

      There is truth in a description of things and in their relevance: their use to us.

    • C. 

      Perception is not objective. We have an opinion on things, a future use maybe in mind. Yet there is truth in the way we percieve things.

    • D. 

      Some things are true and some aren't. If you can't prove something isn't true, you might as well stop talking about it.

    • E. 

      The world is as we percieve it.

    • F. 

      There are no facts, only interpretations.

    • G. 

      Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

    • H. 

      Truth is relative. We should always try to come up with good arguments for what we believe to be true as best we can.