POP QUIZ: DREAMT OF IN YOUR PHILOSOPHY (answers)

And the most philosophical person out there is… Amanda C!  Amanda sent three separate emails, in which she ‘clarified’ her answers, before actually managing to get a perfect 10/10.  That kind of self-doubt and second guessing seem to go right along with philosophy to me.  Well done Amanda!

1) Which philosopher posited ‘Cogito Ergo Sum’?

RENÉ DESCARTES

2) Which German penned “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” in 1883 and “Ecce Homo” in 1888?

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

3) Benjamin Hoff had a 1982 best seller with a book explaining Taoism using what beloved characters from childrens literature?

WINNIE THE POOH AND FRIENDS (The Tao Of Pooh)

4) Which Franciscan Friar is assosiated with the axiom “It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer”, which in modern times is often expressed as “the simplest explanation is usually the correct one”?

WILLIAM OF OCKHAM (Occam’s Razor) – QM’s note:  spelling his name two different ways seems needlessly complex.

5) According to “The Philospher Song” by Monty Python, which German existentialist was “a boozy begger who could drink you under the table”?

MARTIN HEIDEGGER

6) Which 16th century book on politics and power is widely considered to be based on the life of Cesare Borgia?

THE PRINCE by NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI

7) What philosophical and practical book of instruction, thought to date from the fifth century BC, contains chapters titled “Weak Points And Strong”, “Use Of Energy” and “The Nine Situations”?

THE ART OF WAR by SUN TZU

8) Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau lived for two years, two months and two days in a cabin he constructed himself, is in which US state?

MASSACHUSETTS

9) Who is the central character of “The Republic” by Plato?

SOCRATES

10) Which Shakespeare play contains the line which serves as the title of this quiz?

HAMLET

Socrates is an interesting dude.  We only know about him from the writings of other ancient Greeks.  No works of his of his own, if indeed there were any, have survived to the modern age.  It’s theoretically possible that Socrates is entirely fictional.  Maybe 2,500 years from now, students will study the works of one of the great fictional philosophers of our time, like Jack Handy, or George W Bush.

Thanks,

QM Bill

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