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We’re going high-brow this week, as we delve deeply into the very meaning of life with questions on philosophy. A series of questions from which you may learn something, how Socratic.

1) Which philosopher posited ‘Cogito Ergo Sum’?
2) Which German penned “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” in 1883 and “Ecce Homo” in 1888?
3) Benjamin Hoff had a 1982 best seller with a book explaining Taoism using what beloved characters from childrens literature?
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”?
5) According to “The Philospher Song” by Monty Python, which German existentialist was “a boozy begger who could drink you under the table”?
6) Which 16th century book on politics and power is widely considered to be based on the life of Cesare Borgia?
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”?
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?
9) Who is the central character of “The Republic” by Plato?
10) Which Shakespeare play contains the line which serves as the title of this quiz?


QM Bill

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