Which Philosopher Are You? Quiz

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This "Which philosopher are you? Quiz" is a project for the 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.


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Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900) wrote critical texts on religion, morality, and philosophy, often using metaphors, irony, and aphorism. His writings can be tough to get through, but there are also many books on him.   The most famous statement Nietzsche ever made was, of course, “God is dead.” He said we killed God and therefore are completely responsible for our own actions. Nietzsche thinks you should do as you please, never answering lesser people. One who can do this rises above himself. He is the Übermensch. Friedrich Nietzsche is also known as the philosopher with the hammer. This is because he relentlessly tears apart every theory searching for the reason behind it.   He believes the lust for power drives everything in the world. He continuously expresses his dislike for modern society, which is ruled by the masses, the weak rule by preaching compassion and modesty and denying the differences between people. The masses should not rule. They are only there as an environment out of which great men can arise.   Many people disagree with Nietzsche, and the work his sister did to implement nazi-sentiments into his work did little for this. Yet he is an interesting figure and will m ake you think on a lot of things, and therefore it’s a good thing to give his work a closer look.  

Wittgenstein

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951). He was an Austrian philosopher. He worked mostly in logic and the philosophy of language. He published little in his lifetime, but many of his lectures and diary entries were published post-mortem.   The only book published during his life is the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, which tries to identify the relationship between language and reality and define science's limits. He thought that with this work, he had solved all philosophical questions. He states that language represents and thus 'pictures' reality. The last famous statement from this work is this: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent."   Later in life, he came back from the thoughts stated in Tractatus. The change is so great that the period around Tractatus is referred to as Wittgenstein one, and the period after as Wittgenstein two – as if they were different people.     This Wittgenstein wonders about the meaning of language and even about what meaning itself is. He claims that there different kinds of meaning. One is the description of something, and the other is the relevance of the thing to the observer. Meaning depends on use and context.   Language, to Wittgenstein, is a game. Because words have different definitions, there are many shapes in which language can be used (to command, describe or make a joke). This means language is no longer considered to be picturing reality.    This latter Wittgenstein aimed to make people think for themselves, and while the Tractatus is almost impossible to comprehend for most people fully, it might prove worthwhile to read one of the works published after his death or a book on his works.
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is your view on religion?
    • A. 

      A response to symbol and myth.

    • B. 

      An excuse for deeds.

    • C. 

      An obstacle for small people.

    • D. 

      A belief

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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

  • 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.

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

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

    • B. 

      I deeply appreciate it, and I don't think a 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.

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

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

    • 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.

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

      They are an enormous source of 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.

  • 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. 

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

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

      The world is as we perceive it.

    • 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; future use may be in mind. Yet, there is truth in the way we perceive 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. 

      There are no facts, only interpretations.

    • F. 

      Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

  • 10. 
    Choose a philosopher.
    • A. 

      Nietzsche

    • B. 

      Wittgenstein

    • C. 

      Heidegger

    • D. 

      Sartre

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