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Jan 14, 2009

Which Philosopher Are You?

Having recently quoted Nietzsche at my ADDexecutive blog, I started thinking about one of the great questions of this age: Is there a website that will tell me which philosopher I most think like?

Of course there is:

Which philosopher are you?
Your Result: Sartre/Camus (late existentialists)

The world is absurd. No facts govern it. We live well once we truly accept the world's absurdity. YOU give our life's meaning, and YOU control your world. (see Nietzsche for very closely tied beliefs) --This quiz was made by S. A-Lerer.

Early Wittgenstein / Positivists
Plato (strict rationalists)
W.v.O. Quine / Late Wittgenstein
Immanuel Kant
Which philosopher are you?
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And of course there are other sites, including this one by Vassar professor Bryan W. Van Norden that (gasp) indicates Nietzsche is far down my list:

My #1 is:Augustine
My #2 is:Aquinas
My #3 is:Kant
My #4 is:Aristotle Aristotle" NAME="result4">
My #5 is:Hume
My #6 is:Sextus Empiricus
My #7 is:Protagoras
My #8 is:Nietzsche
My #9 is:Plato

Sorry for the ugly graphic, above.  Here's a prettier link that also links to a profile of Augustine (including his relationship to the web):

See more Philosophy selector quizzes @ SelectSmart.com®
Which famous philosopher do you most agree with?
Here's my top result for this selector quiz by Bryan W. Van Norden:

And lastly, here's What Philosophy Do You Follow? from Quizfarm that I'm too lazy to take right now.

Enjoy yourselves!  (Assuming your philosophy allows pleasure.)  If you discover others that are better than the three above, let us know in the comments.

Addendum: motivated by Buck doing it, I took the Quizfarm quiz, which I think I like best of all three:

You Scored as Existentialism

Your life is guided by the concept of <b>Existentialism</b>: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life. <br><br>“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” <br>“It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.” <br>--Jean-Paul Sartre <br><br>“It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.” <br>--Blaise Pascal <br><br>More info at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Arocoun">Arocoun's Wikipedia User Page...</a>




Divine Command

Justice (Fairness)

Strong Egoism





While two of out of three surveys agree, I can't say that I feel like an existentialist (and I don't feel tardy, either. Heh. Funny that it was in 1984 that I took a class in existentialism and enjoyed that Van Halen video which was still in MTV rotation.  Class dis-MISSed!)

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Here's mine, Phil--odd!

Which philosopher are you? Your Result: W.v.O. Quine / Late Wittgenstein 

There is no provable absolute truth. The way you see things is dependant on your language. Truths exist only within a language, and change as the language does.

--This quiz was made by S. A-Lerer.

Plato (strict rationalists) Aristotle Nietzsche Immanuel Kant Sartre/Camus (late existentialists) Early Wittgenstein / Positivists Which philosopher are you?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Posted by: Lisa Dreishmire | Jan 15, 2009 2:51:42 AM

If you've not already, Phil, you need to scoot over to Enrevanche for the post with the song about most of these philosophers. :-)

Posted by: Doc | Jan 15, 2009 12:56:41 PM

Linked ya, Phil. Thanks for these... they were fun.

Posted by: Buck | Jan 15, 2009 3:51:46 PM

Phil, I think you'll find a plausible explanation for the divergence of that one set of quiz results here. Enjoy. Doc

Posted by: Doc | Jan 19, 2009 9:00:07 AM