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  • Which philosopher is best known for his statement cogito ergo sum?

    • Plato
    • Socrates
    • René Descartes
    • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • According to Plato, what is knowledge?

    • There is no such thing as true knowledge
    • Opinion
    • A justified true belief
    • That which can be proven
  • Thomas Aquinas’s cosmological arguments argue for…

    • The existence of knowledge
    • Nihilism
    • The existence of God
    • The existence of other intelligent life
  • “Philosophy” comes from the Greek “philosophia”, meaning what?

    • Lover of questions
    • Lover of philosophy
    • Love of wisdom
    • Lover of soapboxes
  • Which branch of philosophy is primarily concerned with the question of being?

    • Marxism
    • Platonism
    • Humanism
    • Existentialism
  • Who is widely known as the first existentialist, despite never having used the word “existentialism”?

    • Alan Watts
    • Søren Kierkegaard
    • Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Hannah Arendt
  • Transcendental idealism argues that…

    • Knowledge has foundations
    • God is the ideal human
    • There is an afterlife
    • Our experience is based on our perceptions
  • What does “tabula rasa” mean?

    • Red tablet
    • Clean slate
    • New knowledge
    • Rise tomorrow
  • Who wrote “The Last Messiah”?

    • Frederich Nietzsche
    • Socrates
    • Alan Watts
    • Peter Wessel Zapffe
  • Descartes’s meditation that led him to conclude that perhaps even mathematical laws are not true is referred to as…

    • The foundationalism argument
    • The law denial argument
    • The evil demon argument
    • The Cartesian argument
  • Existential nihilism insists what?

    • Death is not the end.
    • Humans are naturally codependent.
    • The human condition has no meaning.
    • Knowledge is limited.
  • The allegory of the cave argues what?

    • Perceptions are sources of absolute knowledge.
    • There is value in ignorance.
    • We are born with infinite knowledge.
    • Our perceptions may not be accurate.
  • Metaphysics is the study of…

    • Ethics
    • Knowledge
    • Politics
    • Existence
  • Epistemology is the theory of…

    • Cosmology
    • Poetics
    • Metaphysics
    • Knowledge
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau is known for what?

    • Rejection of philosophy as a discipline
    • Contributions to existentialism
    • His publication “Leviathan”
    • His publication “The Social Contract”
  • What is the philosophical study of value called?

    • Ontology
    • Valuation
    • Ethics
    • Axiology
  • Which branch of philosophy deals with the question of beauty?

    • Aesthetics
    • Poetics
    • Decorum
    • Dramatics


Eric Brown

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